|Subject||(Apr. 04, 2016) FIDO Alliance Announces Over 150 Biometric and Second-Factor Authentication Products|
Notable growth in Asia Pacific region underscores global acceptance of FIDO specifications as the de facto standard for strong authentication technology
Mountain View, Calif., April 4, 2016 - More than 150 products are now FIDO Certified, up 50 percent in just one quarter, the FIDO Alliance announced today, giving service providers a diverse and flexible range of options to reduce their reliance on passwords and deploy FIDO standards for simpler, stronger authentication of online services.
"Fifty percent growth in certified products in just three months is further evidence that the FIDO specifications are increasingly accepted as the new standard for strong authentication technology," said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. "You can see from the companies listed in today's announcement that the Asia Pacific region is one of the fastest growing markets for FIDO authentication, largely driven by early demand from financial services and mobile network operators. This reinforces that the demand for simpler, stronger FIDO authentication is truly global."
This latest round of certifications comes after the FIDO Alliance hosted its first Korean-based interoperability testing event, which garnered the largest number of FIDO-implementing companies ever in a single testing event. Organizations attending these events are able to test and validate their FIDO implementations to prove that their certified products truly interoperate with each other - a necessity for achieving the FIDO Alliance’s vision for universal and interoperable strong authentication.
Organizations with new FIDO Certified products announced today include: BTWorks Inc., Crosscert, CrucialTec, Dayside, Inc., eWBM Co., Ltd., FacialNetwork Inc., GOTrust Technology Inc. (GO-Trust), HANCOM Secure Inc., INITECH Co., Ltd., International Systems Research Co., KICA Inc. (Korea Information Certificate Authority), KT, Open Security Research, Inc., SECUVE, SGA Solutions, SK Planet, SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
The growing collection of FIDO Certified products and services are part of the larger global trend of industry-leading service and technology providers backing FIDO standards. FIDO authentication is now enabled on devices from the top five global handset manufacturers. Additionally, service providers including Google, PayPal, Samsung, Bank of America, NTT DOCOMO, Dropbox, and GitHub have made FIDO authentication available to protect hundreds of millions of end-users’ desktop and mobile apps, while RSA and eBay have launched FIDO-compliant solutions for enterprise and commerce deployment, respectively.
Learn more about the FIDO Alliance, FIDO standards and certification at www.fidoalliance.org.
About FIDO Certified
FIDO certification testing is based on industry-standard best practices to objectively evaluate technical implementations of the FIDO 1.0 specifications, FIDO UAF and FIDO U2F. FIDO certification is open to all who want to offer FIDO authentication in products and services compliant with FIDO specifications.
The next FIDO Certified interoperability testing events will take place on May 24, 2016 for FIDO U2F and May 25-26, 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 FIDO Alliance website.
About the FIDO Alliance
The FIDO Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication 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: Aetna, Inc. (NYSE: AET); Alibaba Holdings (NYSE: BABA); American Express (NYSE: AXP); ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH); Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC); BC Card; CrucialTec (KRX: 114120); Daon; Egis; Google (NASDAQ: GOOG); Intel (NASDAQ: INTC); ING (NYSE: ING); Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY); Lenovo (NASDAQ: LNVGY); MasterCard (NYSE: MA); Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT"); Nok Nok Labs, Inc.; NTT DOCOMO, INC. (NYSE: DCM); NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI); Oberthur Technologies OT; PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL); Qualcomm, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); RSA; Samsung Electronics, Ltd (KOSCOM: SECL); Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA); USAA; VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI); Visa Inc. (NYSE: V); Yubico.