Intel Joins FIDO Alliance Board

final-fido-logo-yellowThe FIDO Alliance has just announced that Intel Corporation has joined the consortium and been appointed to its board of directors. This is the second high profile appointment the Alliance has announced in as many weeks, with mobile network operator NTT DOCOMO joining FIDO last week at this time.

Intel, along with its Intel Security division, will fit in nicely with FIDO’s impressive board of directors. Working with FIDO specifications, Intel will be collaborating with other members in creating simple and strong multi-factor authentication solutions.

“With few exceptions, the board of directors for the FIDO Alliance has included all of the industry leaders necessary to drive a mission of this scale forward, but a big name has been missing from the list,” says Dustin Ingalls, FIDO Alliance president and Microsoft Group Program Manager. “That is Intel, and we’re super excited to have them join us as an official member of the board of directors. We look forward to further accelerating our efforts with Intel at our side.”

The end goal of FIDO is to eliminate the password as the main end user authentication factor. Its open standards detail both universal authentication (UAF) and second factor authentication (U2F) outline a more secure digital future that’s easier on users, relieving them from what the Alliance terms as “pain points”. With Intel, FIDO believes it has gained an integral piece to the puzzle of a passwordless future.

Mark Hocking, vice president and general manager of Safe Identity at Intel Security comments: “As our digital lives become increasingly personal and connected, maintaining secure, reliable authentication across multiple devices and access points is becoming completely unwieldy. We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in the FIDO Alliance to develop simpler and more secure solutions to authenticate users and to eliminate the need for passwords over time.”

He continues, “By applying our deep expertise and resources in computing platforms, security and software, we believe we can have a tremendous impact in helping the industry solve the password problem which will greatly benefit our customers.”

Intel joins other high profile FIDO Alliance board members such as Microsoft, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Google, Samsung, Alibaba and NTT DOCOMO.