Facebook joins FIDO board

17/05/18

The FIDO Alliance has announced that Facebook has been appointed to its board of directors.

 The FIDO Alliance develops specifications for interoperable strong authentication with compliant mobile and web applications and PC platforms. 

 “Weak passwords continue to cause unnecessary problems that could be avoided if strong authentication options were more widely deployed and used. We are proud to join the FIDO Alliance board and help it in its goal to make simple, strong authentication more broadly available through web browsers and on mobile and PC platforms,” said Brad Hill, Facebook software engineer. 

The FIDO Alliance says: “while new to the board, Facebook has played an active role in supporting the adoption of FIDO Authentication since January 2017 when it made it possible for any of its 2 billion daily users to use a FIDO-supported security key to log in.”

 In addition to Facebook, service providers, such as Aetna, Google, PayPal, Samsung, Bank of America, NTT DOCOMO, Dropbox and Github have made FIDO Authentication available to their user bases. Last month, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla also committed to supporting the recently announced WebAuthn standard in their flagship browsers, making FIDO Authentication available to users across the web. 

 “We are pleased to welcome Facebook as the newest member of our board of directors,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “As one of the most used web and mobile services in the world, Facebook will help the FIDO Alliance take another step closer in achieving its mission of enabling truly innovative authentication experiences that delight users, while also solving the security problems that plague passwords and one-time-passcodes today.”

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