Microsoft has become a member of the board directors for an industry consortium that developed standards-based specifications regarding online authentication.
The company will work with the Fast IDentity Online Alliance to develop open and interoperable standards with the goal of building up authentication methods and technologies, the Alliance announced Thursday.
Google and Blackberry are among the other mobile platform providers that are members of the FIDO alliance.
“Microsoft and the many global leaders joining our endeavor in the last ten months validates the work of the FIDO Alliance, and clearly indicates the imminent sea change set to move the world from a dependency on passwords to universal strong authentication,” said Michael Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance.
FIDO wants all biometric or personal identifying information to stay on a device’s local drive and not to be shared in a cloud environment.
The alliance works to support systems for fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, trusted platform modules, USB security tokens, embedded secure elements, smart cards, Bluetooth low energy and near field communications.
Microsoft joins consortium to help enhance online authentication and protect data and personal privacy.