FIDO Alliance members demonstrate new authentication standards
24 July, 2014
category: Biometrics, Corporate, Digital ID, Financial, Health
The FIDO Alliance standards initiative was a key topic at the Cloud Identity Summit in Monterey, Calif. The alliance conducted an interoperability session at the conference where members demonstrated how their FIDO Ready solutions could work together.
The FIDO Alliance is a non-profit organization created two years ago to rethink and redesign authentication. Members are working toward a passwordless experience for users. The consortium includes heavy hitters like Google, Microsoft, and Samsung.
Yubico demonstrated YubiKey NEO U2F authentication. Three companies presented solutions based on the Universal Authentication Framework framework protocol and six companies demonstrated devices and services based on Universal Second Factor, says Stina Ehrensvard, CEO & founder of Yubico.
Eyelock was the first to demonstrate the Universal Second Factor protocol used with eye recognition. Eyelock partnered with StrongAuth to show off myris — its USB powered authenticator. Myris converts an individual’s iris characteristics to a unique code, then matches your encrypted code to grant access, says Jeff Carter, Eyelock COO.
“Having become a member of FIDO less than five months ago, StrongAuth determined the FIDO universal second factor protocol to be compelling enough to implement and have a FIDO Ready solution as quickly as possible,” says Arshad Noor, CTO at StrongAuth. “The Cloud Identity Summit interop proved that FIDO works and that market-ready solutions are likely to be available for deployment as soon as the spec is approved.”
Using AGNITiO FIDO Ready Voice iD for mobile devices, AGNITiO and Nok Nok showed how it’s possible to enroll using the Nok Nok Labs client and login to FIDO application on the mobile device and use AGNITiO Voice iD with a short pass phrase. Users were able to also select an online purchase, go to checkout and speak the pass phrase to approve the purchase
Nok Nok Labs showed both Universal Second Factor and Universal Authentication Framework integration with Nok Nok’s Multifactor Authentication Server. “This was integrated with fingerprint recognition leveraging the Samsung S5 with the Synaptics sensor, as well as the AGNITiO voice biometric solution,” says Jamie Cowper, Nok Nok’s senior director of marketing. “We also demonstrated the FIDO protocol in conjunction with the ForgeRock OpenAM solution, showing how FIDO can complement a Federation solution.”
Plug-up International demonstrated its dual FIDO Universal Second Factor and Universal Authentication Framework USB authenticator token interoperating with three server partners.