The Fast IDentity Online, an open industry consortium delivering standards for simpler and stronger authentication, is one step closer to killing the password.
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, announced the standards for banishing passwords, by publishing the final 1.0 drafts of its two specifications – Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F).
Members of the FIDO Alliance comprise device manufacturers, online service providers and enterprises, who can now implement and broadly commercialize FIDO 1.0 specifications to make authentication simpler and stronger for all.
Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance, said:
“Today, we celebrate an achievement that will define the point at which the old world order of passwords and PINs started to wither and die. FIDO Alliance pioneers can forever lay claim to ushering in the ‘post password’ era, which is already revealing new dimensions in Internet services and digital commerce.”
Steve Wilson, Vice President and Principal Consultant at Constellation Research, said
“The fact that the FIDO Alliance was able to develop complete specifications so quickly and with such broad support is evidence that they are tackling a pervasive industry pain point. No consortium in the identity management (IdM) industry has every grown so fast, with such strong representation from the technology buy side. What’s most impressive is the FIDO Alliance’s focus on the authentication plumbing. The protocols enable trusted client devices to trade just the right data about their users. FIDO specifications aren’t tangled up in messy identity policy decisions. It’s an elegant breakthrough, and, going forward, it should drive a lot of the classic complexity out of the IdM space.”
via The Verge