GlobalPlatform and FIDO Alliance sign a MoU to ease identity authentication

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between technical bodies GlobalPlatform and the FIDO® (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products.

This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments.

The FIDO Alliance is making online authentication simpler and stronger by defining open, scalable and interoperable protocols that reduce reliance on passwords. The joint work initiative with GlobalPlatform will bring FIDO authentication to GlobalPlatform Specifications on secure elements (SE) and trusted execution environments (TEE).

Service providers managing applications on GlobalPlatform-compliant secure SE or TEE products will be able to utilise FIDO’s leading authentication functionality, without additional development costs,” explained Gil Bernabeu, technical director of GlobalPlatform. “Combining our technology expertise in this way will enable us to promote industry adoption of user authentication in a commercially viable and user-friendly manner.”

Mid-term, GlobalPlatform will simplify the development of secure FIDO authenticators in products which achieve its SE and TEE functional product qualification and TEE security certification.

Brett McDowell, FIDO Alliance executive director, added: “We embrace every opportunity to work with associations, such as GlobalPlatform, that share a common desire to improve online authentication through the development of open, scalable industry standards. SE and TEE technology plays an important role in isolating and protecting sensitive applications, and there is real value to the market in bringing these standards together. We look forward to sharing further updates as this activity progresses.”

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