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The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization nominally formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services. This new standard for security devices and browser plugins will allow any website or cloud application to interface with a broad variety of existing and future FIDO-enabled devices that the user has for online security.
Strong authentication is one cornerstone of web security. However, account enrollment and account recovery processes are leaving gaps in the credential management lifecycle that allow bad actors to perform account takeover and get into our networks. Increasingly, these bad actors aren’t even real. Stolen identity information that is used to create new fake IDs, known as synthetic identity fraud, is a fast-growing form of fraud.
With the Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) coming into full effect this fall, banks and online retailers need to adapt to changes that carry with them many regulatory and technical challenges. Acknowledging these extensive changes, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) recently granted a period of grace for online retailers to implement the element of strong customer authentication (SCA), thus following the lead of other European financial regulatory authorities.