February 13, 2014

Password-free online authentication a step closer

The draft technical specifications for a new authentication protocol, which could eliminate the use of passwords in the future, have been released.

The Online Security Transaction Protocol (OSTP) was developed by the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an open industry consortium delivering standards for simpler, stronger authentication.

According to Forrester Research, the online services industry is seeing more than $200bn in annual losses from password breaches, while the Verizon 2013 Network Investigations Data Breach Report states that  76% of network intrusions exploit weak or stolen credentials.

MORE FIDO in the News


CNET: Dump your passwords, improve your security. Really

FIDO-powered security keys, devices, and passwordless logins will improve web...

March 9, 2020

ComputerWorld: FIDO Alliance and the future of passwords

Computerworld’s Lucas Mearian joins Ken and Juliet to discuss why...

March 3, 2020

USA Today: Dear passwords: Forget you. Here’s what is going to protect us instead

Remembering passwords may soon be a problem of the past...

February 28, 2020

The Register: Password killer FIDO2 comes bounding into Azure Active Directory hybrid environments

FIDO2 is now supported by hybrid Azure AD-joined Windows 10...

February 25, 2020
Download Specs