Oberthur Technologies is joining the Fast Identity Online Alliance as a member of the FIDO board of directors.

FIDO's mission has been for members to share technology and collaborate to establish interoperable, open specifications for online authentication. Last week, MasterCard became the first card network to join FIDO.

Colombes, France-based Oberthur established the first JavaCard for online platforms, while also working with technology for Near Field Communication, mobile wallets and cloud-based payments, FIDO states in an Oct. 15 press release.

FIDO was established last year to improve upon current online password authentication, which hackers frequently target for malware and phishing. Palo Alto, Calif.-based FIDO says its standards-based approach offers users the option to replace passwords with authentication methods that are more secure and private.

FIDO specifications will support biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition. It will also support existing authentication methods and communications standards such as trusted platform modules, USB security tokens, smart cards and NFC.

"Oberthur Technologies is an outstanding addition to the FIDO Alliance board and underscores the quality of our global ecosystem," Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president, states in the release.

Cedric Collomb, managing director of the telecom business unit at Oberthur, says the FIDO Alliance framework falls in line with Oberthur's goals.

"As a security expert, we believe insuring privacy, securing identities are keys to success in the cloud, and Oberthur Technologies is keen to participate in FIDO Alliance working groups to create an authentication security ecosystem between devices, clients and servers," Collomb states in the release.

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