FIDO Certification Programs: Introducing New Biometric Component Certification, Authenticator Levels and Certified Companies

Written by Bonnie Martin on . Posted in Blog

The FIDO Alliance has several exciting announcements about our certification programs today: the new Biometrics Component Certification Program, the expansion of our Authenticator Certification Levels and the latest round of FIDO® Certified products.

Industry’s First Biometric Component Certification Program

Earlier today we announced the industry’s first biometric certification program. The new Biometric Component Certification Program utilizes independent labs to certify that biometric subcomponents meet globally recognized performance standards for reliable identification and are fit for commercial use.

We anticipate that achieving certification will save vendors a substantial amount of time and money in bringing new biometric systems to market, and will give their customers confidence in the reliability of these solutions.

Read the full news announcement about the Biometric Component Certification Program at https://fidoalliance.org/fido-alliance-launches-biometrics-certification-program/ and find out what you need to get started at https://fidoalliance.org/biometric-component-certification-program.

Introducing FIDO Certified L3 and L3+ Authenticators

Last March, we announced the Authenticator Certification Program, which introduces security requirements for authenticators going through FIDO Certification, with two levels: Level 1 (L1) Authenticator and FIDO Certified Level 2 (L2) Authenticator. Today we are expanding the program by launching Level 3 (L3) and Level 3+ (L3+) testing and certification.

Authenticator Certification L3 evaluates FIDO Authenticator protection against enhanced-basic effort software and hardware attacks. Authenticator Certification L3+ evaluates FIDO Authenticator protection against moderate or high-effort software and hardware attacks.

To achieve L3 and L3+ certification, authenticators that include biometrics must also pass the Biometric Component Certification Program. For more information on L3 visit https://fidoalliance.org/certification/authenticator-level-3/, and L3+ visit https://fidoalliance.org/certification/authenticator-level-3-plus/.

Newly Certified Products

In addition to today’s developments, several companies have been certified under the FIDO Functional and L1/L2 programs. Newly certified companies include Aware, Inc. and Transmit Security. Note that the FIDO Alliance recently completed our first FIDO2 interoperability testing event, meaning that we’ll soon be announcing the first FIDO2 Certified solutions.

Want to learn more about our certification programs? Attend our webinar, “FIDO Certified Program Updates: Biometrics, Authenticator Levels and FIDO2,” on Monday, September 12, 2018 at 10am PT/1pm ET.

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