Fido due to release final technical standards ‘very soon’
30 November 2015 12:06 GMT

Fido aims to eliminate passwords by enabling interoperability between strong authentication devices.

A founding member of the Fido Alliance has said that the body will soon release a final technical specification for a password-killing authentication protocol.

Phil Dunkelberger, President and CEO of Nok Nok Labs, confirmed the plan in an interview with Computer Weekly.

“Expect the final implementation spec very soon, which will lead to a lot of product announcements by mid-2015,” said Dunkelberger.

The Fido Alliance published the draft Online Security Transaction Protocol (OSTP) in February. It aims at eliminating passwords by enabling interoperability between strong authentication devices.

Fido counts various strong authentication solution vendors (such as RSA, Nok Nok Labs or Yubico) among its members, as well as payment providers (VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Alibaba), and IT industry giants like Microsoft and Google.

Based on the draft specification, members of the alliance have developed 35 “Fido-Ready” products.

Last week, Google announced that its Chrome browser will now offer an option for enhanced two stage protection through the use of a USB device-based security solution that meets FIDO Alliance authentication standards.

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