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Nok Nok Labs Says It’s Time to Go ‘Beyond Basic FIDO’

Nok Nok Labs Says It’s Time to Go ‘Beyond Basic FIDO’

With the FIDO Alliance’s authentication standards becoming increasingly well-respected and widespread, FIDO co-founder Nok Nok Labs says that for some organizations it’s time to go “beyond basic FIDO.” In a recent blog post, the company argues that industry standards “typically represent the lowest common denominator of functionality that can be agreed to across a large…

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…

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…

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…

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…

NIST Outlines Improvements to Digital Authentication Guideline

NIST Outlines Improvements to Digital Authentication Guideline

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a big update to Special Publication 800-63, its Digital Authentication Guideline, reports Federal News Radio. Speaking at the Symantec Government Symposium in Washington this week, NIST National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace Deputy Director Michael Garcia reflected on NIST’s evolution over the last ten…

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…

Free FIDO Seminar to Discuss Authentication Standards

Free FIDO Seminar to Discuss Authentication Standards

The FIDO Alliance is hosting a free seminar on March 31st on FIDO authentication standards. The event will take place in New York City from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will discuss how FIDO standards are helping to ensure greater security for users and companies, and will features highlights of actual FIDO deployments…

Nok Nok Labs Assists FIDO Push Into European Regulatory Process

Nok Nok Labs Assists FIDO Push Into European Regulatory Process

Nok Nok Labs is optimistic about the future of digital payments in Europe. With the European Banking Authority considering new standards for payment security across the European Union via its Directive on Payments Services, or “PSD2”, Nok Nok Labs has worked with the FIDO Alliance to draft recommendations on user authentication. The comments were submitted…

Over 100 FIDO Certified Solutions Are Now Available

Over 100 FIDO Certified Solutions Are Now Available

There are now over a hundred FIDO Certified solutions on the market, the FIDO Alliance has announced. FIDO is, of course, the cross-industry cooperative seeking to establish and improve digital identity authentication standards. With a number of newly announced products from big names such as Huawei, EyeVerify, Morpho, and LG, the total number of solutions…

Synaptics, Nok Nok Labs Streamline FIDO Certification

Synaptics, Nok Nok Labs Streamline FIDO Certification

A new partnership between Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs is aiming to help streamline the FIDO certification process for OEMs. Essentially, the partnership will see Nok Nok Labs software and servers used to test the products of Synaptics and its OEMs using real-world authentication scenarios. Both companies are, of course, co-founders of the FIDO Alliance,…

FIDO and W3C Bring Authentication Specifications To The Web

FIDO and W3C Bring Authentication Specifications To The Web

Today in Tokyo, the FIDO Alliance announced that it has submitted to W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium) a set of three technical specifications aimed at defining a Web-based API to bring strong online authentication to all Web browsers and platforms. Driving this move to further spread the FIDO specifications for strong online authentication is…

FIDO Launches Cooperation & Liaison Program

FIDO Launches Cooperation & Liaison Program

The FIDO Alliance has launched a new program to foster meaningful ties with other global not-for-profit consortia and associations. Called the FIDO Cooperation & Liaison Program, its main objective is to invite other organizations to contribute their own perspectives on matters relating to FIDO’s mission, which is of course to develop open authentication standards for online…

EyeVerify CEO Calls for Payment Grade Standard for mPayment Biometrics

EyeVerify CEO Calls for Payment Grade Standard for mPayment Biometrics

EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush is calling for a new standard in mPayment biometric security. In a blog post on the eye vein biometrics company’s website, Rush argues that a “Payment Grade” standard could help to settle business’ anxiety over the relative security of various biometric solutions. Rush notes that when e-commerce was just starting to…

HYPR Joins FIDO Alliance

HYPR Joins FIDO Alliance

HYPR Corp., an open platform provider of cloud-based biometric security, has joined the FIDO Alliance. In making the announcement, the company highlighted FIDO’s commitment to universal authentication standards and advancements in security and privacy, and emphasized its own offerings to help in the efforts. HYPR’s platform uses biometric sensors to link mobile devices to the cloud…

FIDO Alliance Appoints New Leadership For 2015

FIDO Alliance Appoints New Leadership For 2015

The Fast Identification Online (FIDO) Alliance announced today the results of its annual officer election. Dustin Ingalls of Microsoft has been appointed as the consortium’s new presidents while Brett McDowell has been elected to the position of FIDO’s first executive director. Outgoing FIDO president Michael Barrett is being honored as chairman emeritus. Along with those…