On-Device Authentication Month: 8 Expert Interviews About FIDO Authentication

Next week FindBiometrics and the FIDO Alliance are presenting the latest entry in our expert biometrics webinar series. On Wednesday May 30 at 11 AM Eastern Time, On-Device Authentication Month will culminate in this 45 minute live event featuring a FIDO update from Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell and a dynamic panel conversation with executives from Daon, Aware, and Nok Nok Labs.

Preparing For a Post-Password Internet will have a strong focus on FIDO Alliance’s specifications as they pertain to biometrics technology, especially in the wake of the new FIDO2 standards poised to eliminate passwords from the internet. But FIDO is much more than just a password-killing concept, and there’s no better way to get a good understanding of the on-device paradigm than hearing experts talk about it. That’s why, in advance of next week’s webinar event, FindBiometrics has compiled the following audio interviews conducted at Money20/20 and Mobile World Congress. Follow the links below to discover all the different ways FIDO compliant biometrics fit into the authentication conversation that we will be having next Wednesday.

The FIDO Alliance

The FIDO Alliance was founded in 2013 and has since been in a constant state of growth and development. That’s why we make a point to catch up with FIDO at every opportunity. At Money20/20 in Las Vegas, FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill spoke with FIDO Executive Director Brett McDowell about how the current climate of high profile data breaches is stoking demand for strong authentication. Later, during our live coverage of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, O’Neill spoke with Andrew Shikiar, Senior Director of Marketing at FIDO, to learn about FIDO2 and the consortium’s future.

FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell at Money20/20 2017

Andrew Shikiar, Senior Director of Marketing, FIDO Alliance at Mobile World Congress 2018

On-Device Authentication Month: 8 Expert Interviews About FIDO Authentication

Nok Nok Labs

Nok Nok Labs is one of five founding members of the FIDO Alliance and as such has helped pioneer post-password authentication. At this year’s  MWC we caught up with Nok Nok Vice President Jackie Comp to get an update on the growing ubiquity of standards-based authentication.

‘Standards-Based Authentication is the Right Way to Go’ says Nok Nok Labs’ Jackie Comp

On-Device Authentication Month: 8 Expert Interviews About FIDO Authentication


When it comes to FIDO authentication in finance, Daon is a company to watch. At Mobile World Congress, Clive Bourke, President EMEA and APAC for Daon, discussed the company’s FIDO authentication platform and its major partnership with Visa.

Daon’s Clive Bourke at Mobile World Congress

On-Device Authentication Month: 8 Expert Interviews About FIDO Authentication


Any discussion of FIDO authentication inevitably touches on the ongoing debate over on-device versus on-server authentication. FIDO Alliance member Aware has openly tackled this question, and at Money20/20 the company’s Vice President David Benini spoke to FindBiometrics about the conflicting paradigms.

David Benini, VP, Aware, Inc. at Money20/20 2017 


While on-device and on-server paradigms are often framed as incompatible, there are important examples of the two authentication perspectives working in tandem. At Money20/20, Samsung SDS and BioCatch announced a partnership illustrating cooperation of this sort, with the latter’s behavioral biometrics bolstering the former’s FIDO Certified NexSign solution. Listen to the following interview with BioCatch VP Frances Zelazny to learn more:

Frances Zelazny, VP, BioCatch at Money20/20 2017


FIDO standards are modality agnostic, which means that compatible solutions run the gamut when it comes to the type of biometrics used for universal authentication factors. It also means that when one modality gains traction, so too can FIDO standards. Facial recognition is enjoying a surge of popularity right now thanks to Apple’s Face ID, and that’s great news for FaceTec and its FIDO Certified ZoOm face biometrics software. At Money20/20, FaceTec Director of Business Development John Wojewidka spoke to FindBiometrics about this Apple-induced popularity as well as the importance of FIDO.

FaceTec’s John Wojewidka at Money20/20 2017 


A key component of on-device authentication is the secure element, where the authentication process occurs, separate from the connected parts of a device, ensuring sensitive information stays locked away. Trustonic’s Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) is a secure element that has been widely embraced across a range of markets. At Mobile World Congress, we interviewed Trustonic CTO Richard Hayton, discussing TEE in relation to biometrics and the Internet of Things. Listen here:

Trustonic CTO Richard Hayton Talks TEE and Digital Holograms

The conversation will continue next Wednesday in the On-Device Authentication Month Webinar. All registrants will receive a recording of the webcast via email, so sign up even if you can’t attend the event.

On-Device Authentication Month is made possible by our sponsors: Nok Nok Labs, Aware, Inc., and Daon.