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FIDO Alliance boasts new members, additions to Board of Directors

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In the two months since its official launch, The FIDO Alliance has more than doubled its membership and has recently added new members as well as added some impressive names to its Board of Directors, including representation from Google, NXP and CrucialTec.

According to a statement from the group, Entersekt, Fingerprint Cards, Allweb Technologies, Check2Protect, Crocus Technology, Diamond Fortress Technologies and Insyndia Global have all joined.

“We are very pleased to count these outstanding global leaders among the ranks of the FIDO Alliance,” Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president and PayPal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) said. “FIDO is compelling to those who can lead and affect change, because the open FIDO specifications promise to restore trust with stronger security that also simplifies the user experience and ensures privacy. By overcoming the limits of proprietary authentication methods, FIDO opens up a vast marketplace for strong authentication where FIDO enabled devices and services interoperate. We encourage all who require secure user authentication, and those who provide various methodologies to join us on a very fast track to FIDO universal strong authentication.”

The FIDO Alliance is a non-profit industry consortium organized to address market needs and requirements for online authentication. The FIDO protocol will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics. According to the group, The open specifications are being designed to be extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments. The FIDO specifications allow the interaction of technologies within a single infrastructure, enabling security options to be tailored to the distinct needs of each user and organization.

“The momentum achieved by the FIDO Alliance since our public launch in February is impressive and speaks to the unanswered need in the marketplace for open, interoperable strong authentication,” FIDO Alliance VP and founder of Nok Nok Labs, Ramesh Kesanupalli said. “Google brings insights to implementing strong authentication at scale and illustrates how to bring pioneering research and initiatives into the FIDO Alliance.”

To welcome its newest members and advance plans, the FIDO Alliance will hold its next members meeting in San Francisco next month.

“Joining the FIDO Alliance is a great way to increase industry momentum around open standards for strong authentication,” Sam Srinivas, Product Management Director for Information Security at Google and FIDO Alliance Board Member said. “We look forward to continuing our current development work on strong, universal second-factor tokens as part of a new FIDO Alliance working group.”

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