The FIDO Alliance launched its Biometric Component Certification Program – calling it the first industry-defined program to validate performance claims of accuracy and reliability of biometric solutions. Accredited independent labs will certify that biometric subcomponents meet globally recognized performance standards for recognition and Presentation Attack Detection (PAD).
The lack of standards has long been an issue in biometrics, forcing security professionals to ‘get deep in the weeds’ to evaluate vendors
Until now, enterprise customers had to do their own due diligence, requiring biometric vendors to repeatedly prove performance for each customer. The FIDO Alliance program allows vendors to test and certify once then re-use that third-party validation across the customer base. For customers, the certification provides a standardized way to trust that biometric systems – fingerprint, iris, face and/or voice recognition – are up to par.
“The lack of standards has long been an issue in biometrics, forcing security professionals to ‘get deep in the weeds’ to not only understand the attributes that are important but subsequently evaluate vendors on those attributes,” says Frank Dickson, research vice president, IDC. “An unbiased Alliance-based certification program expedites solution evaluation.”
Biometric Component Certification Program details
The Biometric Component Certification Program is open to all biometric authenticator subcomponents. Vendors reaching certification receive a Biometric Subcomponent Certificate attesting to the well-defined testing administered by an accredited lab.