Figuring Out FIDO (i.e., the Fast Identity Online…

No one hates more than I do and it seems like I’m asked to register for a new site each day. For those of us in the know, this situation of “password sprawl” is even more frustrating because we really should have solved this problem years ago. After all, Whit Diffie, Marty Hellman, and the RSA guys first came up with PKI back in the 1970s so you’d think that would be dead and would be ubiquitous by now!

Thankfully, there may be hope on the horizon in the form of the alliance. The group, composed on a who’s who of industry big shots like , Bank of America, Discover Card, , , , , PayPal, RSA, , and , is “developing technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance of passwords to authenticate users.” In other words, wants to introduce “” by making strong authentication easy to deploy and easy to use on the front-end (i.e., for users) and back-end (i.e., for IT).

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