Notable growth in Asia Pacific region underscores global acceptance of FIDO specifications as the de facto standard for strong authentication technology
Mountain View, Calif., April 4, 2016 – More than 150 products are now FIDO® Certified, up 50 percent in just one quarter, the FIDO Alliance announced today, giving service providers a diverse and flexible range of options to reduce their reliance on passwords and deploy FIDO standards for simpler, stronger authentication of online services.
“Fifty percent growth in certified products in just three months is further evidence that the FIDO specifications are increasingly accepted as the new standard for strong authentication technology,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “You can see from the companies listed in today’s announcement that the Asia Pacific region is one of the fastest growing markets for FIDO authentication, largely driven by early demand from financial services and mobile network operators. This reinforces that the demand for simpler, stronger FIDO authentication is truly global.”
This latest round of certifications comes after the FIDO Alliance hosted its first Korean-based interoperability testing event, which garnered the largest number of FIDO-implementing companies ever in a single testing event. Organizations attending these events are able to test and validate their FIDO implementations to prove that their certified products truly interoperate with each other – a necessity for achieving the FIDO Alliance’s vision for universal and interoperable strong authentication.
Organizations with new FIDO Certified products announced today include: BTWorks Inc., Crosscert, CrucialTec, Dayside, Inc., eWBM Co., Ltd., FacialNetwork Inc., GOTrust Technology Inc. (GO-Trust), HANCOM Secure Inc., INITECH Co., Ltd., International Systems Research Co., KICA Inc. (Korea Information Certificate Authority), KT, Open Security Research, Inc., SECUVE, SGA Solutions, SK Planet, SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
The growing collection of FIDO Certified products and services are part of the larger global trend of industry-leading service and technology providers backing FIDO standards. FIDO authentication is now enabled on devices from the top five global handset manufacturers. Additionally, service providers including Google, PayPal, Samsung, Bank of America, NTT DOCOMO, Dropbox, and GitHub have made FIDO authentication available to protect hundreds of millions of end-users’ desktop and mobile apps, while RSA and eBay have launched FIDO-compliant solutions for enterprise and commerce deployment, respectively.
Learn more about the FIDO Alliance, FIDO standards and certification at www.fidoalliance.org.
About FIDO® Certified
FIDO certification testing is based on industry-standard best practices to objectively evaluate technical implementations of the FIDO 1.0 specifications, FIDO UAF and FIDO U2F. FIDO certification is open to all who want to offer FIDO authentication in products and services compliant with FIDO specifications.
The next FIDO Certified interoperability testing events will take place on May 24, 2016 for FIDO U2F and May 25-26, 2016 for FIDO UAF. Subsequent testing sessions will occur approximately every 90 days or as demand dictates. Detailed information about the program and testing registration may be found at the FIDO Alliance website.
About the FIDO Alliance
The FIDO Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication with standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services.
The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors includes leading global organizations: Aetna, Inc. (NYSE: AET); Alibaba Holdings (NYSE: BABA); American Express (NYSE: AXP); ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH); Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC); BC Card; CrucialTec (KRX: 114120); Daon; Egis; Google (NASDAQ: GOOG); Intel (NASDAQ: INTC); ING (NYSE: ING); Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY); Lenovo (NASDAQ: LNVGY); MasterCard (NYSE: MA); Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”); Nok Nok Labs, Inc.; NTT DOCOMO, INC. (NYSE: DCM); NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI); Oberthur Technologies OT; PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL); Qualcomm, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); RSA®; Samsung Electronics, Ltd (KOSCOM: SECL); Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA); USAA; VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI); Visa Inc. (NYSE: V); Yubico.
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The Industry Comments on FIDO Authentication, Certification and Products
Crosscert – David Ahn, General Manager of the Security Solution
“Crosscert is proud to have passed the FIDO UAF Certification examination. With the implementation of FIDO and other cutting-edge solutions along with a great variety of bio-information, Crosscert will position itself as the Certification Authority representative for the next generation of authentication, providing companies and users the best of these technologies in Korea and world-wide.”
CrucialTec – Charles Ahn, CEO
“We have been very proud of ourselves on holding this event due to participation of many Asian companies. We hope that the FIDO ecosystem of security and user identification will take a solid position by inducing more global companies to attend.”
Dayside, Inc. – Yoonchol Shin, CEO
“We are very pleased to be part of the FIDO-enabled ecosystem, contributing to better multifactor authentication and open standards for authentication technologies, thus liberating users from the need to memorize an ever expanding number of increasingly intricate passwords. We expect all the service providers to introduce FIDO and provide their customers with a more convenient and secure user experience.”
FacialNetwork Inc. – Kevin Alan Tussy, CEO
“Achieving FIDO level security has been the goal from the inception of ZoOm, our 3D Selfie Authentication App. Now, after completing the FIDO certification process, our clients know they are getting world-leading 3D face authentication without compromising security.”
GOTrust Technology Inc. (GO-Trust) – Darren Lee, CEO
“FIDO Certifications are big milestones for GO-Trust. We have worked diligently so that the exactitude, scalability and credential portability of our innovative mobile security technology can be integral parts of the FIDO mechanism for mobile authentication. Our three new FIDO Certified products include GO-Trust FIDO UAF 1.0 Client for Android, FIDO v.SE ASM for facial recognition authentication on Android devices and GO-2Factor USB/NFC for second-factor logon, and physical access badging.”
HANCOM Secure Inc. – Sang-heon Lee, CEO
“FIDO technology enables us to innovate IT and security environment in the near future, and I’m pleased to acquire an official FIDO certification. We’ll improve the product quality and develop convenient authentication by using FIDO technology.”
International Systems Research Co. – Raul Mendez, CEO
“International Systems Research Co. is proud to announce FIDO U2F Certification for CloudGate UNO. CloudGate UNO is one of the first Single-Sign-On solutions to be certified as a FIDO U2F authentication server in Japan, enabling simple and strong authentication for cloud services (including Google Apps and MS Office 365).”
KICA Inc. (Korea Information Certificate Authority) – Sang Jun Kim, CEO
“KICA (Korea Information Certificate Authority), for the first time, has commercialized FIDO technology in Korea, providing fingerprint authentication service for Samsung Pay, which is a mobile payment platform. With this FIDO certification as momentum, KICA will expand its FIDO service in Korea from finance to other various fields of authentication, such as log-in, single sign-on (SSO), IoT and etc. KICA will also make efforts on overseas bio-authentication market based on the experience with its PKI export to 18 countries over the world.”
KT – Jeongyun Choi, Vice President of Platform Business Unit
“KT provides its subscribers with the new biometric authentications for the simplest and safest transactions. With the biometric authentication solution of KT, its subscribers will easily identify themselves for the mobile payments, login, and banking services.”
Open Security Research, Inc. – Junfeng Fan, CEO
“OSR is proud to announce our first FIDO Certified product, the OSR U2F key v1 to enable simple, fast and secure online authentication. We believe that the FIDO ecosystem will continue to grow and bring a substantial improvement to Internet identification. As a security research company, OSR is also committed to bring FIDO to ubiquitous computing platforms such wearable devices. The interoperability tests ensure a smooth adoption of FIDO in various applications. We are delighted to see that the army to fight Internet identity thieves are getting larger and stronger.”
SECUVE – Hong Ki Yoong, CEO
“SECUVE is pleased to have achieved FIDO certification for SecuSign FIDO® Authenticator for the first time on manual signature authentication technology based on behavioral biometrics. With SecuSign FIDO® Authenticator and QuickSign FIDO® Server/Client previously certified, SECUVE will provide a broad range of safe and reliable services through FinTech, e-payment and other applications.
SECUVE will continue to dedicate its efforts to developing an innovative and secure mobile payment system to become a leader in the global FinTech industry.”
SK Planet – Woong-Hwan Kim, Head of Tech Infra Development Office, Senior Vice President
“SK Planet is now fully equipped to adopt a complete FIDO Certified biometric authentication solution, as it has achieved FIDO certification for its client and authenticator this year after passing the Certification Testing Program for 1.0 Specification last year. The newly acquired FIDO credentials will give a big boost to SK Planet’s plans to establish itself as a leading provider of reliable and convenient services that are built on FIDO Certified biometric authentication solutions, across the business areas of commerce, online-to-offline (O2O), and FinTech.”
SK Telecom Co., Ltd. – Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center
“SK Telecom is pleased to announce that its FIDO server, client and authenticator have acquired certifications from FIDO Alliance. We have plans to apply our FIDO products to three major platforms in life service including FinTech, media and the IoT area, which SK Telecom has focused on, and expect initiatives in Korea to change the nature of online authentication to be easier and more secure.”