FIDO authentication is something that you should definitely consider if you are looking for ways to bolster security in your company. In the last seven years, FIDO Authentication has evolved from just being a concept that sparked a project to becoming a global web standard that is compatible with a lot of major existing platforms as well as browsers.
The goal of FIDO protocols is to attain a more solid authentication, and they make use of standard public key encryption techniques. When a client or user is registering to an online service, their device generates two new keys, namely a public key and a private one. The private key is stored while the public key is registered in the online service.
FIDO authentication is performed via the device of the client, which proves that it contains the private key for the service by signing a request. For the private keys to be used, the user has to locally unlock them in the device. The local unlocking is done by means of a secure and easy-to-use action, like entering a PIN, swiping a finger, inserting a two-factor authentication device, talking on a microphone or pushing a button.
So, how fast can FIDO bolster security in your company? A lot of technologies that are in use nowadays make use of user identification passwords based on different LDAPs. However, all of them have a fundamental weakness, which is that the service or website that does the authentication retains all of the confidential information provided.
When different remote points have this information, it is a great incentive for malicious agents that are interested in getting their hands onto it. FIDO is among the the pillars of web security of a lot of international companies. One of the reasons this is so is that at registration and account retrieval processes, which are very agile, FIDO helps prevent these agents from taking control of the accounts as well as accessing the company’s communication networks.