Entrust Datacard joins FIDO Alliance

November 21, 2017 - 

Entrust Datacard announced Monday that it has joined the FIDO Alliance, adopting the industry group’s specifications for interoperable, simple, and stronger identification.

The move is another step toward addressing the full range of banking, government and enterprise customer needs, according to the announcement, while supporting open standards, including for cryptography, one-time password (OTP) protocols, biometrics, identity federation standards, and application integrations.

“We are thrilled to become a member of the FIDO Alliance,” said Ryan Zlockie, Global VP of Authentication at Entrust Datacard. “We deliver the strongest forms of authentication for very demanding customers, but we believe authentication can be secure without frustrating the user with too many factors and friction, which is not the typical experience. Taking the ‘F’ out of Authentication (F for Factors, Friction and Frustration) is what drives us, which aligns very well with the mission around FIDO for simpler, stronger authentication. We’re proud to give our customers the power and flexibility to choose the best fit when it comes to authentication. Adding FIDO compliant solutions to our suite as another authentication option allows us to offer the most comprehensive authentication platform on the market.”

The company says it will continue to strategically layer authenticators and leverage contextual inputs to provide the best balance between security and user experience to allow its platform to support all enterprise authentication needs for employees, customers and partners and adapt to new business needs.

In October, Entrust Datacard announced the integration of facial recognition technology with its Mobile Smart Credential and Mobile Soft Token products.

Last week, the FIDO Alliance launched a Europe Working Group.

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