The Open Identity Exchange is welcoming several high-profile new members, including three new board members, the group has announced. ForgeRock, Timpson, and Barclays have joined the board, while E-sign, Etive/Digital Log Book, Escher Group, KYCme, and Morpho (Safran) have joined as general members.
OIX describes itself as “a netural, technology agnostic, non-profit trade organization” seeking to foster collaboration between its members and progress the cause of building trust in online transactions. On a fundamental level, it’s similar in spirit to the FIDO Alliance, another prominent industry group whose main purpose is simply to improve digital security standards. Speaking in a press release, OIX chairman Don Thibeau explained the significance of the new memberships in terms of the group’s work more broadly, asserting that “OIX member companies bring together practical expertise and substantive market insights in order to collaborate on research and implement innovative pilot projects that form the foundation of a trusted Internet ecosystem.”
Many of these additions are quite timely. Barclays, for instance, has been stepping up its digital security awareness lately, announcing plans to adopt a biometric security system for its corporate clients last September, and also presenting at the Voice Biometrics Conference in November. Morpho, meanwhile, is a huge player in the digital security field, with endeavours ranging from setting up biometric screening for America’s TSA to providing smart documents for national governments in Europe. These companies and the many others joining OIX have an obvious interest in promoting digital security, and being onboard with OIX will give them influence and the opportunity to benefit from useful collaboration.