FIDO Alliance extends certification program
20 March 2018 20:36 GMT

The FIDO Alliance, a member association developing specifications and certification programs for stronger authentication, announced today the expansion of its certification programme.

The programme will now include multi-level security evaluations for authenticators such as physical security keys and biometrics in mobile devices and PCs. The Alliance also announced the first products certified under the new Authenticator Certification Levels program.

The new authenticator certifications will further increase consumer, enterprise and service providers’ confidence that user credentials housed in standards-based FIDO Authentication devices are protected from targeted attacks against a user's FIDO device. The new program incorporates traditional FIDO functional certification, which measures compliance and ensures interoperability among products and services that support FIDO specifications.

“Our new multi-level evaluation program addresses an increasingly critical market requirement   for a more transparent view into the security of FIDO Certified authenticators," said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. "This new certification program, used in combination with the FIDO Metadata service, enables enterprises and online services to make  better informed risk management decisions when registering credentials from FIDO-enabled devices, resulting in more accurate and reliable “scores” on the back-end while delivering better user experiences on the front end due to lower instances of intrusive “step up authentication” challenges.”