The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted two patents to Queralt, Inc., a cybersecurity specialist based in New Haven, Connecticut. Together, the two patents detail a more efficient way to authenticate users on mobile devices, with a method that links a device to a mobile identity like a digital driver’s license.
The technology is geared towards mobile onboarding and authentication, and is based on the latest FIDO protocols. It offers an additional layer of security because it is able to provide an organization with assurances about both the integrity of the device and the person using it. The research on the project was carried out under the direction of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security Division, which is looking to improve the interoperability of the systems that it uses for identity proofing and authentication.
“Our technology provides a streamlined way to leverage the proven strength of trusted identity with the modern passwordless device authentication protocols of the FIDO Alliance,” said Queralt Co-Founder Michael Queralt. “FIDO is being embraced by all of the major technology companies to improve the security and privacy of mobile authentication.”
The FIDO Alliance recently unveiled a new I-Mark symbol that indicates that a product or service is compliant with FIDO standards. Before that, the Financial Action Task Force openly advocated for the adoption of FIDO authentication protocols in its March Guidance on Digital Identity.