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FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

FIDO Standards Could Complement Government’s Existing Digital Security Protocols

The FIDO Alliance is hoping that the Trump administration will heed its advice in a new white paper outlining how FIDO standards could complement existing digital security protocols in use by the government. It’s a response to last December’s report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which advocated for stronger authentication methods beyond…

Nok Nok Labs Launches a Premium Edition of S3 Authentication Suite

Nok Nok Labs Launches a Premium Edition of S3 Authentication Suite

“Nok Nok Labs in itself a co-founder of FIDO and an author of its authentication standards, which are quickly becoming adopted across a range of devices and online services, and have garnered the high-profile support of Google and Facebook.” Nok Nok Labs has launched a Premium Edition version of its S3 Authentication Suite. In a…

FIDO Gets High-Profile Endorsements at RSA 2017

FIDO Gets High-Profile Endorsements at RSA 2017

While this year’s Mobile World Congress sucked up a lot of attention with its wide-ranging array of cutting-edge mobile technologies, a recent security-focused event helped to highlight the growing importance of FIDO security standards in the mobile sector and beyond. Looking back on RSA Conference 2017, FIDO Alliance Senior Director of Marketing Andrew Shikiar highlights…

Uni-ID Technology Brings Safran Facial Recognition to Authentication Platform

Uni-ID Technology Brings Safran Facial Recognition to Authentication Platform

Safran Identity & Security‘s facial recognition technology has been integrated into Uni-ID Technology’s authentication platform, the companies have announced. Uni-ID is a China-based Lenovo subsidiary offering authentication solutions to organizations ranging from banks to ISPs. Its head, Henry Chai, happens to be the Chair of FIDO’s China Working Group, and as such is naturally interested…

Over 300 Products Comply With FIDO Authentication Standards

Over 300 Products Comply With FIDO Authentication Standards

The FIDO Alliance has hit a big new benchmark with respect to FIDO certifications, and is launching a new way to celebrate them: The consortium has announced that, with more than 300 products now compliant with its authentication standards, it’s devoting a section of its website to highlight the organizations providing them. It’s called the FIDO…

Credential Management Company Dashlane Joins FIDO Alliance

Credential Management Company Dashlane Joins FIDO Alliance

Dashlane, the provider of an eponymous password management platform, has joined the FIDO Alliance, the company has announced. Membership in the cross-industry consortium was a long time coming. Dashlane was the first password manger to embrace FIDO’s U2F standard, and the first to offer FIDO-based authentication via Yubico’s USB U2F devices. As Dashlane CEO Emmanuel…

FIDO-Compliant 2FA Security Comes to Facebook

FIDO-Compliant 2FA Security Comes to Facebook

Facebook is embracing FIDO-compliant two-factor authentication with devices like YubiKeys, with Facebook security engineer Brad Hill calling it a way “to make logging into Facebook even more secure.” Effective today, users can register their 2FA devices to ensure that their account login process adheres to FIDO U2F standards, with Facebook prompting such users to tap their…

2016 Saw 200% Growth in FIDO Certified Products

2016 Saw 200% Growth in FIDO Certified Products

The FIDO Alliance is heading into the new year with considerable momentum, reporting that 2016 saw the number of FIDO Certified products grow by 200 percent. Importantly, among those certifications was the first one for a biometric authentication system on a desktop, by way of Intel. With that company currently collaborating with PayPal, Synaptics, and Lenovo…

Kensington Announces FIDO-Compliant Key Designed for Windows 10

Kensington Announces FIDO-Compliant Key Designed for Windows 10

California-based desktop and mobile accessory maker Kensington has announced a new second-factor authentication key with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Called the VeriMark Fingerprint Key, the solution was launched at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device is designed to work with Windows Hello, the biometric security system built into Windows 10; as…

Fujitsu Launches Online Biometric Authentication Service

Fujitsu Launches Online Biometric Authentication Service

Fujitsu has announced a new online biometric authentication service. Aptly named the “Online Biometric Authentication Service”, it’s part of the company’s MetaArc digital business platform, and is compliant with FIDO Alliance standards. The aim of the service is to allow client organizations to build post-password authentication systems for a range of applications – in a…

FIDO Japan Working Group Includes Big Names in Tech

FIDO Japan Working Group Includes Big Names in Tech

“DoCoMo itself is part of the working group, of course; and it’s joined by other big names like Fujitsu, Lenovo, Nok Nok Labs, NXP Semiconductors, Yahoo Japan, and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, among others.” The FIDO Alliance has launched a new working group focused on expanding the consortium’s presence in Japan. Aptly called the FIDO…

FIDO Launches 1.1 Specifications, Cites Progress on Other Fronts

FIDO Launches 1.1 Specifications, Cites Progress on Other Fronts

The FIDO Alliance has announced a new version of its specifications. Complementing the FIDO 1.0 specifications launched about two years ago, the FIDO 1.1 specifications add support for NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy, and smart cards. In a statement announcing the new specifications, the consortium also said they offer “an expanded authenticator metadata service to better…

Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

Cybersecurity Reports Lays Out Recommendations for Trump Administration

The Trump administration should aim to eliminate password-based digital security breaches by the year 2021, according to a new report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Established by the White House in February of this year, the committee has issued this and other recommendations in its new Report on Securing and Growing the…

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

The UK government is deepening its commitment to the FIDO Alliance’s authentication standards. It has just laid out its UK National Cyber Security Strategy in an 84-page document, and adherence to FIDO is an important component, observes the FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell in a new post on the Alliance’s website. As McDowell notes, the UK…

WATCH: Samsung SDS America Addresses FinServ Biometrics Concerns

WATCH: Samsung SDS America Addresses FinServ Biometrics Concerns

On November 2, 2016, our sister site Mobile ID World and Samsung SDS America hosted the online biometric FinServ event of the year, FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns. Bringing together leading experts in biometrics and financial services, the 45 minute webcast started with a market overview conducted by Javelin…

FIDO Celebrates Money20/20 Success

FIDO Celebrates Money20/20 Success

The FIDO Alliance is celebrating what it calls “a busy (and productive!) four days” at last week’s Money20/20 conference in a new blog post. For the authentication standards consortium, the big news was its announcement that it would work with EMVCo to develop a new authentication specification specifically for mPayments and digital wallets, a collaborative…

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

Biometrics and Identity at Money20/20 – Pt. 1

This week FindBiometrics is in Las Vegas for Money20/20 2016 where biometrics are bigger than ever before. For three consecutive years we have hosted panel discussions at the major FinTech event, watching the audience steadily grow along with the number of biometrics vendors on the exhibition floor. On Monday, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill once again took…

Money20/20: FIDO Developing mPayment Standard with EMVCo

Money20/20: FIDO Developing mPayment Standard with EMVCo

The FIDO Alliance is working with EMVCo to develop a new authentication specification specifically for mobile payments, the organizations have announced at Money20/20 in Las Vegas. The standard will be designed to apply to mobile wallets and mobile payment platforms like Apple Pay and Android Pay, and it’s going to be developed as an extension…

FIDO Alliance Gears Up for Money20/20

FIDO Alliance Gears Up for Money20/20

The FIDO Alliance is gearing up for a big showing at this year’s Money20/20 conference. The organization is a 2 Star Sponsor and Exhibitor at the event, and promises that its Executive Director, Brett McDowell, “will share significant FIDO news and updates” at a special presentation during the conference, according to a post on its website.…

Uniken to Present REL-ID Platform at Money20/20

Uniken to Present REL-ID Platform at Money20/20

Uniken will demonstrate its REL-ID digital security solution at this year’s Money20/20 conference, the company has announced. In a statement announcing its participation, the company explained its platform as a “patented security protocol that binds identity and channel to ensure that user, application, and device posture and identity are verified before access to applications is granted.”…

Here’s What To Expect From Samsung SDS America’s Big Biometrics Webinar

Here’s What To Expect From Samsung SDS America’s Big Biometrics Webinar

Financial services is the big use case for biometrics right now, and on November 2, 2016, Samsung SDS America, in concert with Mobile ID World, will be presenting a webinar event aimed at addressing lingering concerns regarding strong authentication in today’s financial markets: FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns. – Register Now…

Salesforce Embraces U2F Standard

Salesforce Embraces U2F Standard

Salesforce, a major US cloud computing company, has announced that it’s going to support the FIDO Alliance’s Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication standard. The support will arrive with the Salesforce Winter ’17 release this month, and will be facilitated via YubiKey support. That means Salesforce users will be able to register their YubiKey USB key…

Samsung SDS and Mobile ID World To Address Your Biometrics Concerns

Samsung SDS and Mobile ID World To Address Your Biometrics Concerns

Last week in an interview with our sister site, Richard Lobovsky, VP of Financial Services Solutions at Samsung SDA America, announced that on November 2, 2016, his company will be co-hosting a webinar in association with Mobile ID World. Titled FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns, the webcast boasts and impressive panel…

INTERVIEW: Samsung SDS America’s Approach to Biometrics

INTERVIEW: Samsung SDS America’s Approach to Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently interviewed  Richard Lobovsky, VP of Financial Services Solutions, and Shankar Saibabu, Director of Financial Services Solutions Architecture, Samsung SDS America, Inc. The conversation is an in depth examination of Samsung SDS America’s approach to biometrics. It begins with a discussion of the company’s recently launched FIDO Certified biometric authentication solution. It goes on to…

News Roundup: Live From GIS 2016

News Roundup: Live From GIS 2016

Last week at FindBiometrics we were in Tampa for this year’s Global Identity Summit (GIS 2016) while we continued to explore law enforcement biometrics in our featured articles section. The industry news was filled with fingerprint, iris, and face biometrics news, spanning verticals from healthcare to national ID. Here’s a look back on last week’s…

Lenovo Laptops to Get FIDO-Based Biometrics Through New Partnership

Lenovo Laptops to Get FIDO-Based Biometrics Through New Partnership

Lenovo has teamed up with Intel, PayPal, and Synaptics to enhance security on laptops. Their efforts will see the introduction of biometric authentication technology adhering to FIDO Alliance guidelines to the resulting products. The aim is to replace the password, with Lenovo asserting in a statement that passwords “have become less safe to use without…

GIS 2016: Will FIDO Be The Bluetooth of Authentication?

GIS 2016: Will FIDO Be The Bluetooth of Authentication?

The Global Identity Summit is taking place in Tampa, Florida, this week and it started with a fresh tone. Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance, took to the keynote stage to represent the private sector in authentication and identity, tasked with kicking off a conference that traditionally revolves around the identity needs and accomplishments…

FIDO Alliance Boasts 250 Certified Products

FIDO Alliance Boasts 250 Certified Products

“Accordingly, in a statement announcing the latest milestone, FIDO Alliance Technical Director Adam Powers asserts that the demand from organizations seeking FIDO Certification “has expanded tremendously”…” There are now 250 FIDO Certified products on the market, FIDO has announced. The new milestone reflects more than 200 percent growth over the past year. The marker was passed…

Safran eID Solution Gets FIDO Certification

Safran eID Solution Gets FIDO Certification

Safran Identity & Security has received FIDO certification for its biometric electronic ID solution, the company has announced. The company’s eID solution is meant to offer more secure authentication than traditional ID cards through its embedded chip, which can store additional credentials like biometric data. This allows authentication to take place via facial recognition, with…

News Roundup: Opening the Case on Law Enforcement Biometrics

News Roundup: Opening the Case on Law Enforcement Biometrics

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Law Enforcement Biometrics Month in our featured articles section while the industry news brought us headlines from the worlds of border control, mobile device integrations, and physical access control. – Sign up now for the Law Enforcement Biometrics Month Webinar – And spread the news on Twitter: Tweet Here is…

The Strong Authentication Specs Fighting Mobile Banking Malware

The Strong Authentication Specs Fighting Mobile Banking Malware

As concerns rise over mobile banking malware, Nok Nok Labs is highlighting the advantages that its authentication strategies—and those of the FIDO Alliance—offer in combating related fraud. Written in response to a Wall Street Journal feature on such security issues, a new blog post by Todd Thiemann on Nok Nok Labs’ website points out FIDO’s approach…

On-Device, Multi-Factor Approaches – and Better Tech – Can Thwart Biometric Spoofing: NNL

On-Device, Multi-Factor Approaches – and Better Tech – Can Thwart Biometric Spoofing: NNL

Nok Nok Labs is weighing in on the security of facial recognition authentication systems in the wake of recent spoofing claims from a team of University of North Carolina researchers. Using images collected from social media, the researchers developed 3D face models that could then be used for authentication, succeeding in their spoofing attempts with…

Korean Watchdog Head Urges Strong Security for Data Amid FinTech’s Biometrics Boom

Korean Watchdog Head Urges Strong Security for Data Amid FinTech’s Biometrics Boom

As the financial services community grows increasingly interested in biometric technologies, the head of South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), the sector’s national watchdog, is urging business leaders to be mindful of security issues, reports Yonhap News Agency. Speaking at a conference hosted by the Korea Institute of Finance, FSS Governor Zhin Woong-seob emphasized the need…

NSTIC Announces Six New Projects

NSTIC Announces Six New Projects

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has announced six new initiatives to promote identity security. One project will see the development of a new registration and authentication system for the Florida Department of Revenue’s Child Support Program, while another aims to create…

Iris Biometrics, Samsung Pass Intended to Push Beyond Passwords

Iris Biometrics, Samsung Pass Intended to Push Beyond Passwords

Samsung is hoping to push users beyond the password with its Note7 smartphone’s iris scanning capability and a new authentication system called Samsung Pass. Announcing the latter in a statement, the company explained that Samsung Pass “can act as a master key for mobile banking services or website login on Samsung Internet, the default browser…

SMS Two-Factor Will Be Replaced With Stronger Security

SMS Two-Factor Will Be Replaced With Stronger Security

The FIDO Alliance is urging calm as the tech world grapples with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s proposal to designate SMS authentication as a deprecated security mechanism. In a guest post for the Alliance, FIDO advisor and Managing Director of The Chertoff Group Jeremy Grant explains that this new stance represents not a dead end…

FIDO Sharpens Focus on India

FIDO Sharpens Focus on India

The FIDO Alliance is sharpening its focus on India. With the support of Persistent Systems, the Data Security Council of India, Egis Technologies, Feitian, Nok Nok Labs, and NXP, the cross-industry consortium recently hosted two half-day seminars in the country, in the cities of Bangalore and Mumbai. In a post on FIDO’s website, the organization’s…

News Roundup: FIDO Makes a New Ally

News Roundup: FIDO Makes a New Ally

Last week at FindBiometrics law enforcement and banking made up the bulk of the headlines. We saw new biometric smartphone integrations, a major new team up for The FIDO Alliance, and much more. Here is a look back on last week’s’ top stories in global identity management. Civil ID Civil ID made the news last week…

FIDO, EMVCo to Collaborate on Chip Card Standards

FIDO, EMVCo to Collaborate on Chip Card Standards

The FIDO Alliance is teaming up with EMVCo, the regulatory body responsible for EMV chip standards, to explore how FIDO’s authentication standards could be incorporated into EMV frameworks. The organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start exploring the idea, and will start with an exploratory process that could lead to more substantial efforts in…

Daon Offers ‘FIDO Quick Start’ Free Trial of Biometric Platform

Daon Offers ‘FIDO Quick Start’ Free Trial of Biometric Platform

Daon has set up a free trial program for organizations considering implementing its IdentityX biometric authentication solution. It’s a FIDO Quick Start initiative, giving interested parties access to an IdentityX FIDO UAF Server for free so that they can see FIDO authentication in action via Daon’s biometric platform. Participating organizations will get full access to…

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

MWC Shanghai: NTT Docomo ‘Five to Ten Years Ahead of Peers’ says CEO

Major Japanese MNO NTT Docomo can serve as an example to its peers, its CEO says. Not quite so bombastic in his actual choice of words, Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, speaking at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, said his company’s revenues are “trending five to ten years ahead of our global peers,” concluding that “our…

Shinhan Bank Has Enabled FIDO Biometric Authentication

Shinhan Bank Has Enabled FIDO Biometric Authentication

The FIDO Alliance is highlighting the benefits of FIDO-based authentication with a new case study on Korea’s Shinhan Bank. The financial institution recently enabled fingerprint authentication based on FIDO standards on its Sunny Bank mobile app. With the app, the bank was looking to enable its customers to perform a range of actions on their smartphones, including…

News Roundup: Diversity in National ID

News Roundup: Diversity in National ID

Last week at FindBiometrics Border Control & National ID Month continued in our featured articles section with an examination of biometric citizen registries around the world as we counted down the days to our next webinar. The industry news was filled with smartphone fingerprint sensor integrations, access control deployments, and a spot of controversy dealing…

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the chance to speak with David Benini, VP of Marketing at Aware—an industry veteran biometric software company. After a brief recap of the company’s long history, Benini gave insight into how Aware has maintained its leading position for over 20 years in the dynamic biometrics industry. The conversation went…

More Than 200 Products Are Now FIDO Certified

More Than 200 Products Are Now FIDO Certified

The FIDO Alliance is seeing growing enthusiasm for its authentication standards in a world that is increasingly dissatisfied with password-based security. The organization has announced that more than 200 products are now FIDO Certified. That suggests considerable growth, given that FIDO had only reached the 150-product mark in April; and indeed the consortium says that it has seen…

Safran Demos Selfie-Based Mobile Connect Solution in Video

Safran Demos Selfie-Based Mobile Connect Solution in Video

This week’s Mobile Connect Summit is about to get underway, and Safran Identity & Security is gearing up to promote its selfie-based solution. In anticipation of the event, the company has posted a short video from this February’s Mobile World Congress, where the company was able to demonstrate its solution to attendees in person. The…

W3C Invites Comment on First Draft of Web Authentication Specification

W3C Invites Comment on First Draft of Web Authentication Specification

The W3C Web Authentication Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of its specification aimed at ensuring privacy with online authentication beyond the password. An abstract describes the specification in general terms, outlining how it would let websites access a user’s cryptographic credentials, which are stored on an authenticator that checks with the user to…

FIDO Lays Out Watertight Digital Security Method

FIDO Lays Out Watertight Digital Security Method

The FIDO Alliance has laid out a watertight security solution that could offer users a high level of protection from digital threats such as the Heartbleed Bug of 2014 and the DROWN attack from earlier this year. The system involves advanced channel binding methods and, of course, FIDO authentication. ‘Channel-binding’ refers to the practice of…

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