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David Maples

Bank of America Joins FIDO Alliance

Today, Bank of America, has joined the FIDO Alliance and been appointed to the Board of Directors. Among the world’s leading financial institutions, Bank of America is committing to FIDO standards for strong authentication, along with other leaders in the financial sector, including Discover Financial Services, MasterCard and Goldman Sachs.

“Historically, strong two factor hardware authentication has been too costly and complicated to scale for mass markets,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and founder of Yubico. “We are pleased to see an ever-increasing number of large online services and financial institutions joining the FIDO Alliance and addressing the issues. FIDO certified devices offer better security and a greatly improved user experience over traditional software-and-hardware based authentication technologies.”

FIDO Alliance members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier-to-use. The YubiKey NEO is the industry’s first FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) Ready device and is currently being demonstrated at RSA 2014 at the NXP booth. (* Please note – as of May 21, 2015, Yubico FIDO Ready™ products became official FIDO Certified™ products.  Read more here).

“Providing our customers with a convenient, secure digital banking experience is a top priority for us,” said Dave Godsman, Bank of America Digital Banking Solutions & Operations Executive. “As the world rapidly changes, our involvement in the FIDO Alliance will help ensure we continue to provide the convenient and secure solutions our customers want.”

“Bank of America is counted among the world’s leaders in financial services. As an institution responsible to secure high-value interests and relationships across consumer, government, enterprise, and business, Bank of America is among a select few ‘Relying Parties’ ideally positioned to drive adoption of FIDO standards at Internet scale,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance. “We welcome Bank of America to our Board of Directors at a pivotal point in FIDO Alliance history. With our review draft specifications just publicly released, and the marketplace poised to deploy ‘FIDO Ready’ certified solutions in 2014, both users and those who serve them are eager to embrace simpler, stronger FIDO authentication.”

To find out more and to read the release in its entirety, please visit FIDOAlliance.org

Ronnie Manning

See Yubico at RSA 2014

NXP booth #1341 in the South Expo Hall

Throughout the conference, Yubico will be demoing the YubiKey NEO and the industry’s first FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) Ready device at the NXP booth (Though successfully deployed inside cloud companies, FIDO enabled YubiKeys are not yet for sale for the public). We will also present the simplicity of two-factor authentication for other YubiKey NEO use cases, including Windows login, PIV, PKCS11, OpenPGP, password managers, and for leading cloud services with support for OATH TOTP.

FIDO Ready Showcase – Moscone North, Room 110

Additionally, on Wednesday, February 26, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Yubico will be participating in the FIDO Ready Showcase. The Showcase will feature a FIDO Alliance member panel, FIDO Ready live product demonstrations, and a chance to meet and interact in one-to-one meetings.

FIDO Alliance Member Panels – Moscone North, Room 110

Yubico is honored to be participating on two panel discussions during the FIDO Ready Showcase.  Read more about the FIDO Alliance.

Date and Times: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM

  • 1:00 PM – Business Drivers for the FIDO Solution
    Moderator – Brett McDowell, PayPal
    Participants – Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico, Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance and Kayvan Alikhani, RSA
  • 3:00 PM – FIDO Technology: a Primer
    Moderator – Brett McDowell, PayPal
    Participants – Jerrod Chong, Yubico (U2F) and Davit Baghdasaryan, Nok Nok Labs (UAF)

Schedule a meeting with the Yubico team

If you would like to set up a meeting at RSA, please email Ronnie@Yubico.com. Looking forward to seeing you at the show!