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White House Cybersecurity Summit: Microsoft to Embrace Biometrics for Windows 10

New password alternatives and credential technologies announced at White House summit

Last week, Microsoft announced that it will ship a password replacement solution in Windows 10, and plans to support FIDO authentication. Microsoft discussed its plans at the White House Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection summit at Stanford University, where Microsoft and other FIDO Alliance members emphasized the importance of a ubiquitous ecosystem with industry standards. 

However, Microsoft has been discussing stronger security features for Windows 10 for some time. In an October 2014 blog post, the company outlines a “modern approach” to identity and user credentials, one that Microsoft Program Manager Jim Alkove describes as representing “the destination in our journey to eliminate the use of single factor identity options like passwords.” 

With strong authentication now built into the Windows operating system and the device itself, consumers and businesses will find two-factor authentication more natural, leading to the proliferation of biometrics and other options to authenticate users to their devices and assets.

According to data compiled by Netmarketshare, Windows now only accounts for a small 2.25% of the worldwide mobile OS market – compared to 47.45 percent for Android and 42.59 percent for iOS – but this is growing.  Indeed, tighter security and convenience may drive Windows OS and device adoption.

AGNITIO is proud to be a founding member of the FIDO Alliance.  AGNITIO’s Voice ID technology is the first and only FIDO ReadyTM voice authentication solution, and KIVOX Mobile 5.0 is able to perform natural speech authentication to accurately identify users and protect against compromise or fraud.  The solution offers consumers not only security but also privacy and convenience.

“Shaping a cyber-savvy workforce and moving beyond passwords in partnership with the private sector,” was referenced as one of the five priorities on cybersecurity at the Stanford summit. Microsoft, AGNITIO, and other members of the FIDO Alliance are working towards that reality.


Posted by Andrew Humber, Senior Director Marketing Communications
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