Federal Agency NIST Joins FIDO Alliance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has vocally stated commitment to bringing stronger authentication to the government agency and beyond.  The news of the agency’s joining the FIDO alliance is unsurprising, and makes logical sense for achieving the goals outlined by the NISTC Foundation. This new partnership marks a logical and exciting next step toward achieving the NIST goals for a secure Identity EcoSystem. FIDO was formed in 2012, and aims at making complex privacy enhancing devices easy to use, a major focus point in The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

Executive director of the FIDO Alliance Brett McDowell said, “Cross-sector collaboration is vital to wide adoption of FIDO specifications, and we consider NIST an ideal government member. There is little doubt that the NSTIC, and the work of the NSTIC NPO, have had a direct and positive influence on several of the contributors in the FIDO Alliance, and I’m optimistic about the great things we can accomplish working together directly to promote stronger authentication.”

At HYPR we’re excited (and relieved) to see the government take initiative in pursuing stronger methods of authentication. As the world’s first FiDO as a service provider, we look forward to working with government agencies who aim to achieve UAF and BOTP based biometric authentication.