Nok Nok Labs announces new product
10 April 2018 14:31 GMT

Authentication firm Nok Nok has launched the S3 version of its authentication suite, with support for the latest version of the FIDO Alliance standard (FIDO2) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Authentication specification (WebAuthn).

In a statement, the firm noted that FIDO2 adds native support for strong authentication to browsers and operating systems, extending the reach of FIDO standards beyond mobile devices and applications, to PCs and browsers. This announcement is a significant step towards achieving the original vision set forth by Nok Nok Labs to fix a fundamental flaw in internet security by reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of passwords and legacy one time password (OTP) tokens for authentication, which are well-known to be susceptible to scalable attacks and create significant risks to customer privacy, trust and ease-of-use.

“We helped start this journey five years ago because we felt that industry cannot secure the internet without first fixing the password problem,” said Phillip Dunkelberger, CEO & President of Nok Nok Labs.  “Our ecosystem and industry adopted standards approach has now been embraced by the browsers and operating systems to provide the next-generation of authentication and in the next few years will fundamentally alter the economics and accessibility of strong authentication, and we believe the security posture of the internet as well.  We look forward to providing our customers a carrier-grade, web-scale, standards-based platform to transform customer authentication experiences with ease-of-use, security and with strong privacy protections built-in.”

The concepts behind FIDO were first written and introduced to the Alliance by Nok Nok Labs’ founders to address the usability, interoperability and security risks associated with the username/password scheme as a form of authentication. With the most widely deployed FIDO-based platform, Nok Nok Labs has first-hand knowledge of the specifications and breadth of experience with customer use cases to support the latest version the FIDO standard and WebAuthn, which defines a standard web API that can be built into browsers and related web platform infrastructure to enable built-in support for FIDO Authentication and is a core component of FIDO2 along with the FIDO Alliance’s Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP).

“We are pleased to have Nok Nok’s support as a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, a valued contributor to the latest FIDO2 Web Authentication standard and for their participation in the interoperability testing conducted last month,” said Brett McDowell Executive Director, FIDO Alliance.  “FIDO looks forward to Nok Nok’s support of FIDO2 in their Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite, including their plans for a FIDO Certified universal server that would enable service providers to tackle the broadest set of use cases and use the full range of authenticator options.”