August 11, 2022

Momentum in APAC:  FIDO Tech Seminar in Korea and Passwordless Roundtable in Vietnam Recaps

By Andrew Shikiar, Executive Director and CMO, FIDO Alliance

July 2022 was a busy month for FIDO members in APAC, particularly with the events that took place in Korea and Vietnam:

FIDO Tech Seminar in Korea

On July 13th, the FIDO Korea Working Group held a half-day virtual tech seminar with 250+ attendees.  The sessions included updates on the state of the FIDO Alliance and its certification programs, an introduction to FIDO Device Onboard (FDO), a FIDO Authentication 101, an introduction to multi-device FIDO credentials (also known as “passkeys”), and a presentation on understanding Korean  laws mandating the use of passwords.

[Pic 1: Snapshot of FIDO Tech Seminar Platform][Pic 2: Samples of Virtual Sessions]

This tech seminar covered topics such as FDO and passkey, and provided a forum for industry experts to learn about phishing-resistant online authentication. 

Based on the post-event survey, over 30% of attendees reported they were victims of credential thefts, though they are online security industry experts or studying in the related fields.  Mr. Hyeong Won Pyo at Chosun Media thoughtfully summarized what he learned from the seminar while sharing with his colleagues and friends: “Our journalists are under attack by online phishing campaigns, and it was great to learn how to protect them with FIDO Authentication.”

Those who missed the live streaming sessions can watch the recordings here.

Vietnam Goes Passwordless Roundtable

On the same afternoon, FIDO Alliance participated in another hybrid event, the Vietnam Goes Passwordless Roundtable, organized by VinCSS and Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communication.

It was the first forum on passwordless authentication in Vietnam, and the cyber security industry leaders in the region gathered representatives from the state banks, and local journalists.

[Pic 3: FIDO Update by Andrew Shikiar][Pic 4: Panel Discussion Session]

During the event local cyber security leaders discussed and shared best practices on digital authentication, disruptive technologies, and mega trends of passwordless authentication.  The experts recognized the recent increase of cyber-attacks in Vietnam as a risk factor for further developing digital applications, which is one of the top strategic activities of Vietnamese National Digital Transformation Program.

Mr. Do Ngoc Duy Tranc, CEO of VinCSS said, “VinCSS is ready to sponsor and support the nation by integrating strong FIDO-based passwordless authentication technology by building broader cooperation mechanisms with multi-sectors.”

To learn more about the event and exciting passwordless activities in Vietnam, please visit the event platform.

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