The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium launched in 2013 to revolutionize online security with open standards for simpler, stronger authentication, has introduced additions to standards for securing wireless applications.
The FIDO 1.0 specifications with new transport protocols for FIDO U2F — Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy (BLE), and Near Field Communication (NFC), will provide more secure communication, the body says.
According to FIDO, with these new transport specifications, FIDO U2F is appropriate for mobile and wireless applications, and devices that do not have a USB port.
“Within months of publishing the first FIDO standards, the FIDO Alliance continues to see strong demand from the marketplace. Already enjoying robust adoption, FIDO U2F is ready for more implementers to join us in creating a stronger authentication environment,” said Dustin Ingalls, president of the FIDO Alliance.
“The addition of NFC and Bluetooth support in FIDO U2F illustrates our commitment to ensure FIDO standards are flexible, extensible and future-proof by design. With this strategy, FIDO standards will continue to see accelerated industry adoption as we move ever closer to our goal of ubiquitous FIDO authentication that is more secure, private and easy to use,”, FIDO Alliance executive director Brett McDowell says.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“The U2F Bluetooth transport specification allows the creation of special-purpose, Bluetooth Low Energy U2F devices that require just the press of a button to authenticate to an online service. In addition, phones and peripherals, which consume more power, can be programmed to act as U2F devices using either Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Classic.” [/blockquote]