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Momentum for FIDO Authentication Leads Evolution Beyond Passwords

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — (Marketwired) — 06/15/16 — Now is the time for the world to stop relying on passwords. This is clear as , while the recent left 642 million accounts compromised and millions scrambling to change the old, simple passwords that they reuse across applications. Technology and service providers agree, and are backing a new standard to solve the password problem: FIDO strong authentication.

The FIDO Alliance is the cross-industry consortia that provides a rich set of specifications and certifications for an emerging and interoperable ecosystem of hardware, mobile and biometrics-based devices. This ecosystem enables web service providers to deploy strong authentication solutions that reduce password dependencies and provide a superior, simpler and trusted user experience.

The Alliance today announced a number of proof points highlighting the global adoption of FIDO authentication over the past 18 months since the FIDO specifications were released, and a mere 12 months since the launch of the program:

More than 200 products from global technology leaders are now FIDO Certified, the Alliance announced today, giving service providers a diverse and flexible range of turnkey options to deploy FIDO standards. This represents a 100-percent increase since the start of 2016.

Organizations with new FIDO Certified products announced today include: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; .

These latest certifications include the first FIDO Certified products that support Bluetooth® for wireless strong authentication. With these products, the Bluetooth authenticator needs only to be near a Bluetooth-enabled device for the user to be strongly authenticated to web apps on that device.

More details on the latest FIDO Certified products and updates to the program are the focus of a June 23rd FIDO Alliance webinar at 2 pm EDT. To register, visit .

FIDO authentication is now enabled on devices from the . Additionally, service providers including , , , , , , and have made FIDO authentication available to protect hundreds of millions of end-users– desktop and mobile apps, while and are among the many companies that have launched FIDO Certified solutions to facilitate enterprise and commercial deployments.

Coming soon: Microsoft also will be integrating for passwordless authentication, while the FIDO Alliance is working with the across all web browsers and related web platform infrastructure.

In a recently-published two-year study of its FIDO deployment with security keys, is markedly faster than other strong authentication methods, has zero authentication failures, reduces hardware and support costs over one-time password (OTP) tokens, and provides all of the necessary privacy and security protections from phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks.

According to Google, “our users have been very happy with the switch: we received many instances of unsolicited positive feedback.”

FIDO authentication is much simpler than remembering all kinds of passwords or other forms of strong authentication. The user simply needs to look at something (iris scan, facial recognition), touch something (fingerprint sensor, security key, wearable), say something (voice recognition) to be securely authenticated to any online service that supports FIDO. For security, FIDO uses public key cryptography and is strongly resistant to phishing, while user credentials and biometric templates are never stored on servers and never leave the user–s device.

“When we started tackling the password problem, we knew that our solution first and foremost would have to be based on proven security to stop the ongoing onslaught of data breaches,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “Second, users will have to actually want to use it. And third, it would have to be an open industry standard so it could become ubiquitously adopted by the whole internet ecosystem. This is what we have designed with FIDO, and as the adoption momentum demonstrates, we are well on the path towards that ubiquity.”

Learn more about the FIDO Alliance, FIDO standards and certification at .

FIDO certification testing is based on industry-standard best practices to objectively evaluate technical implementations of the FIDO specifications. FIDO certification is open to all who want to offer FIDO authentication in products and services compliant with FIDO specifications. There are two options for FIDO certification testing: interoperability testing events or on-demand testing.

The next will take place on August 30, 2016 for FIDO U2F and August 31 and September 1, 2016 for FIDO UAF. Subsequent testing sessions will occur approximately every 90 days or as demand dictates. Detailed information about the program and testing registration may be found at the .

On Demand Testing has been introduced as an alternative to attending interoperability events. On Demand Testing is available year-round, with three options: virtual; shipped; and in-person. For more details, visit the .

The FIDO Alliance, , was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication with standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services.

The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors includes leading global organizations: (NYSE: AET); (NYSE: BABA); (NYSE: AXP); (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH); (NYSE: BAC); ; (KRX: 114120); ;; (NASDAQ: GOOG); (NASDAQ: INTC); (NYSE: ING); (FSE: IFX) (OTCQX: IFNNY); (NASDAQ: LNVGY); (NYSE: MA); (NASDAQ: MSFT); ; . (NYSE: DCM); N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI); ; (NASDAQ: PYPL); . (NASDAQ: QCOM); ; (KOSCOM: SECL); (NASDAQ: SYNA); ; (NASDAQ: VDSI); (NYSE: V); .

Megan Shamas
Montner Tech PR

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