Samsung and Paypal made news when the companies announced that the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 would enable payments on the handset. The FIDO Alliance and Nok Nok Labs are revealing more details on how this is being done.
FIDO Alliance’s Nok Nok Labs has its Multifactor Client Mobile Edition, or “NNL FingerPrint Passport,” enabling the Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor to connect securely to online services, giving Samsung the ability enable users to authenticate any FIDO Ready application with the existing security capabilities of their device.
PayPal, meanwhile, has deployed the NNL Multifactor Authentication Server to provide an authentication infrastructure that communicates securely with the client on the Galaxy S5. Both Nok Nok solutions are FIDO Ready, having been certified by the FIDO Alliance.
The FIDO Alliance also announced that Samsung Electronics and ARM were appointed to the alliance’s Board of Directors. ARM was previously a FIDO Alliance sponsor, and makes the jump to board member to further support an authentication future free of passwords.
ARM’s TrustZone technology-based Trusted Execution Environment is compliant with FIDO standards, and is now embedded in millions of smart connected devices. The TrustZone Trusted Execution Environment runs separately from the main operating system to enhance endpoint security, while also supporting pay-as-you-go premium content on any screen, fast and secure website logins and secure payment and banking.
FIDO Alliance members share technology and collaborate to forge open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and easier to use.
FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies, including fingerprint and iris biometrics, voice and facial recognition, as well as bolster existing communications standards like Trusted Platform Modules, USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements, Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy and NFC