Identity and access management specialist Axiad has officially joined the FIDO Alliance. The development comes just ahead of the Authenticate 2021 Conference, in which Axiad will be a participant.
It’s a natural fit. FIDO is a cross-industry alliance focused on the development and promotion of strong authentication standards; while Axiad offers a platform that revolves around passwordless authentication, including tools like digital certificates, hardware tokens, smart cards, biometrics, and multi-factor authentication solutions. Axiad and FIDO have had a friendly relationship for some time thanks in part to Axiad’s support for YubiKey security keys.
“We’re delighted to have Axiad join our mission to improve authentication standards,” said FIDO Alliance executive director Andrew Shikiar. “Axiad’s expertise and support in promoting FIDO Authentication and their aligning mission to simplify authentication processes and encourage enterprises to ‘break up with their passwords for good’ makes them extremely well-suited as a member, and we look forward to their contributions.”
For Axiad, FIDO membership represents an opportunity to further raise its profile in the authentication space after attracting some attention with a $20 million funding round closed at the start of this year.
Commenting on the development, Axiad Co-CEO and co-founder Yves Audebert highlighted the benefits of the FIDO2 authentication standard in particular, which is supported across every major web browser and continuing to gain prominence as a cybersecurity standard.
“What makes FIDO2 such an appealing authentication standard is not only its wide adoption in the enterprise ecosystem but also the fact it supports the use of strong embedded credentials in end-user computers and devices today,” he said. “This bound credential option greatly improves the user experience while providing a great level of security and reducing the overall cost of deployment.”
The announcement of Axiad’s FIDO Alliance membership arrives on the heels of an upgrade to its Axiad Cloud credential management platform that enabled support for Windows Hello for Business.