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The newly created FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance is promoting a standardized, global protocol and the necessary interfaces to allow organizations to support authentication solutions appropriate to the level of risk involved. The FIDO protocol will allow the interaction of technologies within a single infrastructure so security options can be tailored to the distinct needs of each user and organization. Users will be able to choose their own authentication form factor and not be reliant on passwords.
I was sitting on the other side of the dark mahogany desk when my local insurance agent, who had been staring intently at his monitor, suddenly turned to rummage frantically through his desk drawer. Quickly glancing up at me, he apologetically explained that he had forgotten the password for a certain web site, and he could not complete my transaction until he found it. "This will only take a minute," he said, abandoning the drawer search and grabbing a small box on his desk, shaking it…
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