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FIDO Alliance and India PKI Forum to collaborate on spreading digital security

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The FIDO Alliance has established a partnership with India PKI Forum to collaborate on bringing FIDO Authentication standards to the country’s citizens, businesses, international customers, and IT infrastructure.

The partnership agreement was announced at the India PKI Forum Symposium 2018 in New Delhi, where Ashok Chandak, co-chair of FIDO Alliance India Working Group and senior director of global sales and marketing at NXP Semiconductors will deliver a presentation titled “FIDO Story Emphasizing Enhanced Privacy and User Experience.” India PKI Forum is a non-profit organization backed by the Indian Government’s Controller of Certifying Authorities within the Ministry of Information Technology to serve as an information resource and advocate for PKI.

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) forms the backbone of digital trust for online services including income tax, passport, company law, e-procurement, bidding and government social services, according to the announcement, while the standards-based ecosystem of FIDO eases use of related solutions by people, and deployment of those services by businesses.

“In recent years, the government’s farsighted initiatives have emphasized paperless, cashless and presence-less services, and encouraged policies and innovations around these goals. This effort is helping make India one of the world’s leading password-less ecosystems,” said Mr. V. Srinivasan, chairman of India PKI Forum and founder and chairman of eMudhra Limited. “This joint initiative will help us accelerate the adoption and use of PKI applications and digital signature certificates, and facilitate interoperability through multi-vendor testing of industry standards and educational outreach-both key missions of our organization.”

“With support from the leading digital economy platforms and service providers, FIDO Authentication has reached the tipping point in its adoption curve,” said Chandak. “With W3C’s recent WebAuthn spec and support commitments from leading web browsers will help ensure FIDO’s near ubiquitous availability worldwide, including India. These advantages mesh perfectly with the India PKI Forum’s and the government’s mutual goal to accelerate the adoption and use of PKI applications and digital signature certificates.”

The FIDO Alliance recently announced that its momentum has accelerated in the first half of 2018, driven in part by the adoption of the WebAuthn specification by the W3C and regulations like GDPR.

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