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GlobalPlatform and FIDO Alliance Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Collaboration will enable service providers using GlobalPlatform compliant technology to benefit from integrated online authentication standards

26 April 2016 – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between technical bodies GlobalPlatform and the FIDO® (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products. This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments.

The FIDO Alliance is making online authentication simpler and stronger by defining open, scalable and interoperable protocols that reduce reliance on passwords. The joint work initiative with GlobalPlatform will bring FIDO authentication to GlobalPlatform Specifications on secure elements (SE) and trusted execution environments (TEE).

"Service providers managing applications on GlobalPlatform-compliant secure SE or TEE products will be able to utilize FIDO's leading authentication functionality, without additional development costs," explains Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director of GlobalPlatform. "Combining our technology expertise in this way will enable us to promote industry adoption of user authentication in a commercially viable and user-friendly manner."

Mid-term, GlobalPlatform will simplify the development of secure FIDO authenticators in products which achieve its SE and TEE functional product qualification and TEE security certification.

Brett McDowell, FIDO Alliance Executive Director, adds: “We embrace every opportunity to work with associations, such as GlobalPlatform, that share a common desire to improve online authentication through the development of open, scalable industry standards. SE and TEE technology plays an important role in isolating and protecting sensitive applications, and there is real value to the market in bringing these standards together. We look forward to sharing further updates as this activity progresses.”


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About GlobalPlatform

GlobalPlatform defines and develops specifications to facilitate the secure deployment and management of multiple embedded applications on secure chip technology. Its standardized infrastructure empowers service providers to develop services once and deploy across different markets, devices and channels. GlobalPlatform’s security and privacy parameters enable dynamic combinations of secure and non-secure services from multiple providers on the same device, providing a foundation for market convergence and innovative new cross-sector partnerships.

GlobalPlatform is the international industry standard for trusted end-to-end secure deployment and management solutions. The technology’s widespread global adoption across finance, mobile/telecom, government, premium content, automotive, healthcare, retail and transit sectors delivers cost and time-to-market efficiencies to all. GlobalPlatform supports the long-term interoperability and scalability of application deployment and management through its secure chip technology open compliance program.

As a non-profit, member-driven association, GlobalPlatform has cross-market representation from all continents.  120+ members contribute to technical committees and market-led task forces. For more information on GlobalPlatform membership

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