German IT security experts jo…

German IT security experts join authentication standards consortium

Published on: 03/11/2015

The German Federal Office for Information Security ('Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik', BSI) has joined the FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium working on open standards for easier and secure online authentication technologies, the two organisations announced in early October.

The FIDO Alliance started in 2012, and aims to create “standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords.”

Joining the alliance will let the BSI exert influence on the standardisation processes, the organisation explains. "The 2-factor authentication is very important to us. FIDO’s U2F offers an interesting way to quickly and easily authenticate on the Internet using two factors”, the BSI quotes Bernd Kowalski, who heads the "Secure electronic identities, certification and standardisation" department, as saying.

Cyberspace identity

The BSI is the third public administration to join the industry consortium’s Government Membership Program, launched in June this year. The program aims to allow government agencies engage more directly, and to “represents government’s particular interests in securing cyberspace with FIDO authentication”. The first two members to join this programme were the US NSTIC/NIST, and the United Kingdom’s Office of the Cabinet.


More information:

BSI announcement (in German)
FIDO Alliance announcement (in German)