BlackBerry joins online authentication standards alliance

Summary:For BlackBerry, joining the FIDO group confirms its enterprise security chops and could enhance its mobile device management efforts.

BlackBerry has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance as a board member joining the likes of Google, Lenovo and PayPal.

FIDO aims to create open authentication standards so a user can confirm identity on multiple sites at once without entering data repeatedly. BlackBerry is one of the first mobile software and device makers to join the group.

BlackBerry said it will enable its customers to use FIDO-compliant authentication through its sites and services. FIDO will ultimately support biometrics, security tokens, Near Field Communication, One Time Passwords and other technologies.

For BlackBerry, joining the FIDO group confirms its enterprise security chops and could enhance its mobile device management efforts to manage BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices.

Here's how FIDO works in a nutshell. 

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Topics: Security, BlackBerry, Mobility

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