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Is FIDO authentication the future of online authentication products?


Password problems plaguing you? FIDO Alliance hopes to have the answers

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Face it, usernames and passwords are pain points for employees and enterprises alike. Not only are they difficult to remember -- and oftentimes annoying to create -- but they're also fraught with risk, vulnerability and fraud.

Wouldn't it be great to find a better set of standards and products for authenticating users who need to log in to their devices, access the corporate network or utilize business-critical applications?

The time for new technology is now. Gone are the days when passwords and PINs could provide the security an enterprise needs. Today, biometric verification -- a fingerprint, a retina scan or even the sound of a voice -- or security tokens -- an SD card or a key -- can easily confirm that users are who they claim to be and provide access into the many layers of devices, applications and systems that employees must leverage on a daily basis.

At the 2014 International Consumer Electronic Show, the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance -- a nonprofit organization that formed in 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices, as well as the password problems users face with creating and remembering multiple passwords -- showcased a number of innovative authentication products that met the requirements of the strict FIDO Ready Certification program.

Click through the slides that follow to learn more about each featured FIDO Ready product and the technology it uses to authenticate users, and about how the organization aims to help create a more secure enterprise environment than passwords or PINs ever could.

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