BlackBerry Joins FIDO Online Authentication Alliance
The FIDO protocol will support a range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition.Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has joined the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an industry consortium focused on online authentication through standards-based specifications, and has been appointed to the Board of Directors. The FIDO protocol will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, Near Field Communication (NFC), One Time Passwords (OTP), embedded Secure Elements (eSE), and many other existing and future technology options. "BlackBerry is deeply committed to remaining the gold standard in mobile security while providing a model for others to adopt and follow," Brian McBride, technical director for identity at BlackBerry, said in a statement. "Offering safe, reliable access for our customers across the globe is inherent to everything BlackBerry does as an organization. We are both excited and proud to join the FIDO Alliance to help extend mobile security best practices and standards to the global community as the alliance strives to achieve universal secure authentication." As a member of the FIDO alliance, which was formed in July 2012, companies commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use.
A recent report by IT research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast an already strong authentication market would realize more than $2.2 billion in revenues alone by 2016. This demand will be driven by social networking, Internet, cloud and mobile, all of which will require higher and higher levels of authentication by governments, corporations and consumers, the report said.