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11 Nov 2020

StrongKey Joins FIDO Alliance’s IoT Working Group to Eliminate Password Use

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Cupertino, CA – November 11, 2020 – The FIDO Alliance has announced StrongKey’s acceptance into the Internet of Things Technical Working Group (IoT TWG), aiding in the establishment of guidelines and certification criteria.

Click to Tweet: .@StrongKeyInc accepted into the @FIDOAlliance IoT Technical Working Group to aid in the determination of IoT security standards and provide a comprehensive framework for IoT devices. #FIDOAlliance #IoTDevices

Gartner forecasts that 20.4 billion connected things will be in use by 2020, opening up opportunities for increased efficiencies and innovation across industries. Yet, a lack of IoT security standards leaves devices — and the networks on which they operate — open to large-scale attack. Typical security holes, such default password credentials and requiring users to go through a manual onboarding procedure, must be addressed before IoT can safely thrive in the larger tech ecosystem.

The IoT TWG aims to tackle this issue by providing a comprehensive authentication framework for IoT devices in keeping with the fundamental mission of the Alliance: passwordless authentication.

The working group develops use cases, target architectures, and specifications covering:

  • IoT device attestation/authentication profiles to enable interoperability between service providers and IoT devices
  • Automated onboarding, and binding of applications and/or users to IoT devices
  • IoT device authentication and provisioning via smart routers and IoT hubs

Other participating organizations include Qualcomm, Inc., Google, Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nok Nok Labs, and Yubico.

“Having recently joined the FIDO Alliance IoT Technical Working Group, we are excited to get up to speed on the draft specification and become contributing members of the group,” says StrongKey Solutions Architect, Norman Field. “While our PKI experience and technology are already being applied to IoT solutions, we believe an industry standard around automated device onboarding will improve both security and the adoption rate of IoT devices.”

More information about StrongKey’s collaborations with industrial IoT companies is freely accessible here.

About StrongKey: StrongKey is a privately held company based in Silicon Valley, California and Durham, North Carolina. As a leader in enterprise key management infrastructure, StrongKey is bringing new levels of data security to the market at a price point significantly lower than other solutions. Providing products and services for strong authentication, data confidentiality, and data integrity, StrongKey is focused on securing data for sectors that mandate the protection of sensitive data. StrongKey’s solutions are installed at customer sites around the world and are key components of mission-critical business operations.

About the FIDO Alliance: The FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and to remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication by creating standards for simpler, strong authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords.

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Pashara Black
StrongKey, Inc.