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Nok Nok Labs welcomes Apple to FIDO Alliance, reports increased customer deployments

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Nok Nok Labs has welcomed Apple as the newest member of the board of the FIDO Alliance in an announcement reporting a record year following broad industry acceptance of FIDO standards. The FIDO Alliance was co-founded by Nok Nok Labs and publicly launched in 2013.

“Apple joining this alliance is an important signal,” says Richard Clarke, former Special Advisor to the President on Cybersecurity, and Advisory Board member to Nok Nok Labs. “Password-related breaches are far more prevalent than they should be given the alternatives we have available. Apple and other Alliance members are transforming digital identity by committing to secure, standards-based authentication. It’s a step in the responsible direction for corporations and the customers whose data they are responsible for protecting.”

“The FIDO Alliance gained a valuable member today,” adds John N. Stewart, Security Expert and former Advisory Board Member to Nok Nok Labs. “By joining industry counterparts like Google and Microsoft, Apple has become the final puzzle piece with FIDO now adopted by all major browser manufacturers.”

Nok Nok notes that with growing industry acceptance of FIDO standards in 2019 the company saw an increase in the number of new customer deployments and in existing customer renewals. Global regulations enforcing strong authentication for online services, strategic partnerships and a GLOMO award also contributed to the company’s success.

“Nok Nok Labs and FIDO have both reached significant milestones today. When we first invented FIDO-enabled technology, it was clear that privacy and security would need to be hand-in-hand and at the heart of any authentication solution. To have Apple join the FIDO journey is a testament to our original vision of enabling strong authentication across all platforms,” said Phillip Dunkelberger CEO Nok Nok Labs. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have the world’s largest and most successful browser manufacturers, banks, telcos, ecommerce and healthcare providers join the movement we started in 2013 to solve global user authentication challenges.”

Some of the companies that adopted Nok Nok’s biometric passwordless authentication solutions in 2019 are BBVA, Intuit and T-Mobile, Aflac Japan and Hitachi’s client MUFG Bank.

In November 2019 Nok Nok launched the Nok Nok App SDK for Smart Watch. This week, Nok Nok Labs introduced Nok Nok IoT SDK, a multi-factor FIDO-based strong authentication solution for standalone and cloud-connected IoT devices with support for all biometric modalities, using the Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite.

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