The FIDO Alliance Appoints Samsung Electronics to the Board of Directors

The FIDO Alliance Appoints Samsung Electronics to the Board of Directors 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/14
--  The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance
(, an industry consortium
revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong
authentication, today announced that Samsung Electronics, Ltd, has
joined the FIDO Alliance and been appointed to the Board of
Directors. Consistent with its global leadership in technology,
Samsung joined PayPal recently in announcing the world's first
deployment of FIDO Ready(TM)  technology. 
"Samsung introduced the world's first smartphone with biometric
payment authorization system at Mobile World Congress this year.
Samsung partnered with PayPal for including a fingerprint-based
authentication system utilizing FIDO Ready technologies in its latest
flagship device Galaxy S5. We are thrilled to join the FIDO Alliance
and look forward to working with industry leaders in paving the way
for convenient, reliable and secure mobile payment experience based
on open standards," says Michael Pak, Vice President of Security R&D
Group, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. 
"Samsung continues to impress with innovations that showcase new
technology's potential. Samsung and FIDO Alliance founder PayPal,
along with founder members Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs, have
collaborated to develop the first FIDO Ready technology deployment.
The new Galaxy S5 represents the first time that mobile payments are
secure, private and easy-to-use. Samsung's embracing of FIDO
authentication signals endless possibilities for strong, easy to use
authentication everywhere," said FIDO Alliance president Michael
Barrett. "We enthusiastically welcome Samsung to the FIDO Alliance
Board of Directors, and anticipate a new breadth of influence and
expansion for FIDO authentication."  
"As one of the world's leading device makers, Samsung's adoption of
FIDO Ready technology and fingerprint authentication, as evident in
the new Samsung Galaxy S5, is paving the way for consumers worldwide
to securely participate in mobile commerce with greatly improved
convenience," said FIDO Alliance vice president an
d PayPal senior
cybersecurity advisor Brett McDowell. "We are thrilled to have
Samsung join us on the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors and we look
forward to continued innovation and market adoption of FIDO standards
with their leadership and support."  
FIDO Alliance members commit to share technology and collaborate to
deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that
enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable,
more secure and private, and easier-to-use. 
FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication
technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris
scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as further enabling
existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted
Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements
(eSE), Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Near Field
Communication (NFC). The open specifications are being designed to be
extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect
existing investments. FIDO specifications allow the interaction of
technologies within an interoperable infrastructure, enabling
authentication choice to meet the distinct needs of users and
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 
 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for
people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we
are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal
computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical
devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people
across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To
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About The FIDO Alliance
 The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance,, 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 services.  
The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors inc
ludes 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.  
Media Contacts: 
Suzanne Matick 
for FIDO Alliance
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