SurePassID Enables FIDO Standard for Government Agencies

The FIDO Alliance recently posted an article regarding the recent GAO report recommending the IRS adopt FIDO to strengthen taxpayer authentication. This means there’s no time like the present to modernize your identity security strategy for secure online and mobile government services. Government agencies can now deploy SurePassID’s FIDO-certified Authentication server to enable the FIDO standard for citizens.

  • The key benefits of FIDO Authentication are:
  • It’s the most advanced, modern, and convenient strong authentication standard approved by NIST
  • Universal 2-Factor (U2F) means citizens can use the FIDO token they already have or easily get one on Amazon
  • FIDO is a “bring your own security” model, meaning no government-side token management
  • Minimizes or eliminates the need for a strong password
  • Fast deployment times, ready in hours to days instead of weeks or months
  • Fast and convenient for users

How FIDO Works

FIDO stands for Fast IDentity Online and is designed to make strong authentication (multi-factor authentication or MFA) more secure and very convenient for the mass consumers in government (citizens), e-commerce, social media, healthcare, etc., without the need to enter a 6-digit code. FIDO is like PKI except there are no keys to centrally protect and manage.

Each FIDO token mints a new public key for each website or mobile app provider that supports the FIDO standard. The private key exists ONLY on the FIDO token itself so it is impossible to conduct a mass data breach of FIDO keys since there is no central database of keys.

Here is a link to FIDO’s page for a more in-depth technical explanation: What id FIDO?

How to Get FIDO

SurePassID’s Authentication Server (cloud or on-premises) is officially FIDO-certified and comes as a standard feature along with the older OATH standard protocol (6 or 8 digit codes sent via keyfob, card, email, text, or mobile app). Off the shelf, you get your choice of cloud or on-premises deployment, mix or match a large variety of hard or soft tokens, Windows Login MFA including OFFLINE logins, Self-Service User portal, ADFS, Radius, VPN, and much more.

Just call us or sign up for a free trial today.

Fast Deployment, Simple Pricing

SurePassID Cloud Authentication services are set up and ready to deploy in 5 minutes. On-premises deployments take a couple of hours depending on the size and complexity of your environment. We specialize in government and high-security environments so you focus on your business and not worry about high-security engineers.

Our pricing plans are simple: flat fee per user per year plus a one-time setup fee to get you set up and trained. Soft tokens are free. Hard tokens have a cost depending on which tokens you want. Check out our Tokens page here.

You can sign up for a free 60-day test drive of SurePassID to “try before you buy” here.

Call us today if you have any questions.  (888) 200-8144