Mobile devices are making a quantum change to lives; hence securing the mobility-driven trend is important. As, online applications on mobile devices require new methods of secured log-in. The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has developed security standards for strong authentication that are far more simplified and secured. Infineon Technologies has announced the first FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy (BLE) reference design for wireless authentication tokens. By using such a token in addition to their password, consumers are sought to conveniently and securely authenticate their online activities on mobile devices.
Commenting on the development, Joerg Borchert, Vice President of the Chip Card & Security Division at Infineon Technologies Americas Corp and Board Representative in the FIDO Alliance said, “63 per cent of all successful online breaches can be tracked back to inadequate passwords” “The FIDO industry standard is a great opportunity to improve both the security and usability of online services. We are pleased to be the first company offering a certified reference solution for FIDO BLE. This makes it easier for our customers to implement the FIDO standard into their products.”
Bluetooth low energy as a communication protocol is ideal for connecting an authentication token to mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port. At the core of the FIDO BLE reference design is an Infineon Secure Element which performs fast cryptographic operation and securely stores the code. Being certified and FIDO-ready, the reference design allows manufacturers of connected security devices to easily integrate the FIDO Universal 2 nd Factor (U2F) standard with the BLE transceiver of their choice.
The FIDO Alliance’s U2F standard uses public key cryptography to add second factor authentication to online log-in services. As a founding and Board Member of the FIDO Alliance, Infineon worked closely with other FIDO member companies to develop the standards. FIDO is already implemented by companies such as Google, DropBox and GitHub. Infineon aims to accelerate implementation of FIDO with reference designs supporting U2F USB, U2F NFC, and U2F BLE standards.