FIDO Alliance appoints Egis as board member

July 16, 2015 - 

Egis Technology has moved up from being a sponsor of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance to a full-fledged board member.

Having been a FIDO Alliance member since 2013, Egis has been active at every membership level in the development of FIDO standards.

“Egis has been a true contributor to the success of FIDO Alliance, and I enthusiastically welcome Egis to our board of directors,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “Egis was among the first organizations based in Asia to appreciate the strategic potential of our open standards initiative and joined us in 2013 to help develop the global ecosystem for FIDO authentication. At every level of membership, Egis has used their presence as a global biometrics provider, and contributed an understanding of the region to raise awareness of FIDO authentication and promote its value throughout Asia.”

The ongoing password issue presents a universal problem that requires a global ecosystem to come up with an appropriate resolution.

FIDO’s open and scalable U2F and UAF specifications provide an alternative authentication method to passwords that is secure, private and easy-to-use.

The organization’s standards address a wide range of platforms that cover the cloud, all the way to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market.

FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate with one another to develop open and interoperable specifications for universal strong authentication.

“Providing our customers with a simple, convenient, and secure digital life experience is a top priority for us during this BYOD generation due to secure and reliable authentication issues across multiple devices and access points,” said Steve Ro, chairman and CEO of Egis. “With our influence and background, we are proud to become a board member of the FIDO Alliance and continue to develop simpler and more secure authentication solutions that over time can eliminate the reliance on passwords.”

Egis was one of the first organizations in the world to participate in the FIDO certification program.

Previously reported, Egis Technology Inc. submitted and passed the FIDO Certification Program with their UAF and U2F products, including YuKey UAF Authenticator APK, YuKey UAF Client + UAF ASM/Authenticator APK, and YuKey U2F Authenticator.

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