FIDO Alliance Welcomes Leading Technology Company ARM to the Board of Directors
to Help Deliver a Secure World Beyond Passwords
CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) --
04/22/14 -- The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, the industry
consortium revolutionizing secure online authentication, has
announced that ARM, the world's leading semiconductor design company,
has joined the Board of Directors. The FIDO Alliance Board comprises
some of the world's most influential corporations including
Microsoft, Google, Bank of America and Samsung.
The Alliance brings members together with the aim of creating simple,
strong authentication based on industry standards that are ideally
suited to emerging methods such as biometrics and trusted user
"We are very excited to welcome ARM to the FIDO Alliance Board of
Directors. As FIDO Alliance membership now exceeds 100 participants,
ARM is moving from sponsor to board membership, taking on an
important leadership role within the FIDO ecosystem," said Michael
Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. "Next developments in FIDO
authentication will prove critical to accelerating adoption of strong
authentication that can move us beyond the confines of password
dependencies. ARM's leadership in many global markets can measurably
facilitate interoperability among authentication methods, which is
foundational to the FIDO Alliance's objectives."
"ARM is supportive of FIDO's vision of a world beyond passwords and
our security architecture can help to turn that into reality," says
Rob Coombs, director of security marketing, ARM. "As a board member
we want to push for the universal adoption of FIDO authentication as
it will allow people to securely connect to the services they care
about in a frictionless way that links multiple web-based services
with a diverse range of devices.
Rob continues: "Biometrics are already being used to authorize
financial transactions from a smartphone, and it's easy to see how
technology such as an ARM(R) TrustZone(R) technology-based Trusted
Execution Environment can be used with FIDO standards to move beyond
passwords into a world where authentication methods are
interoperable. The key is ensuring that embedded security builds on
appropriate hardware and software that is well integrated so it's fit
for purpose and cost-effective."
ARM has been developing secure technology for the mobile market for
many years and its TrustZone-based Trusted Execution Environment is
now embedded in hundreds of millions of smart connected devices. It
runs separately from the main operating system and enhances endpoint
security, enabling new services such as pay-as-you-go premium content
on any screen, with fast and secure website logins, simple and secure
payment and banking. It is designed to enhance the user experience
and protect against malicious attacks in an integrated and
About The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was
formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among
strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users
face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.
The Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by
developing standards-based specifications for simpler, stronger
authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of
mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is
stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online
The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors includes leading global
organizations: ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH); Bank of
America Corporation (NYSE: BAC); BlackBerry(R); CrucialTec (KRX:
114120); Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS); Google; IdentityX;
Lenovo; MasterCard (NYSE: MA); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); Nok Nok
Labs, Inc.; NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI); Oberthur
Technologies OT; PayPal (NASDAQ: EBAY); RSA(R); Samsung Electronics,
Ltd (KOSCOM: SECL); Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA); Yubico.
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