FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) certification programme is launched to improve deployments of Edge nodes and IoT devices  

FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) certification programme is launched to improve deployments of Edge nodes and IoT devices  

The FIDO Alliance’s FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) technology allows Edge and IoT users to quickly and securely onboard devices, thereby reducing cost, time and risk. The FIDO Alliance launched its FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) Certification Programme, enabling edge node and IoT device vendors to prove that their solutions adhere to the security and interoperability requirements of the FDO specifications. 

Achieving certification allows vendors to demonstrate their products are high quality and at low risk of cyberthreats, while deploying companies can ensure devices will interoperate more seamlessly and securely within IoT and distributed computing infrastructures.  

Leading vendors around the world, including Dell Technologies, IBM, Intel, Red Hat and VinCSS have already begun to include the FDO specification in products and services, which are being utilised by customers in a variety of settings and applications.  

The FIDO Alliance’s FDO technology has been specifically defined by leaders including Intel, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm and ARM to address concerns so that users in areas such as enterprise and industrial can fully take advantage of Edge Computing opportunities.  

FDO Certification, testing for which will take place in early October provides conformance and interop testing, a security risk analysis and assurance that a company’s device meets FDO Specification and Security and Privacy Requirements. Certification testing builds trust among device owners, as devices are validated as meeting a high level of security by a third-party.  

FIDO Alliance brings together 250+ influential and innovative companies and government agencies from across the globe to deliver security specifications that offer strong security, are free to use and easy to deploy. The FDO Specification is an important pillar in the expansion of the Alliance’s core vision: to boost global cyber security levels, help eliminate data breaches and enable secure online experiences.  

The business benefits of the FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) standard include:  

  • Simplicity: Businesses no longer have to pay more for the installation and onboarding process than they do for the actual hardware devices themselves. The highly automated FDO process effectively brings ‘plug and play’ to the world of onboarding edge nodes and IoT devices.  
  • Flexibility: Businesses can choose which cloud or edge platforms they want to onboard devices to at the point of installation (as opposed to when devices are manufactured). A single device SKU can be onboarded to any platform (edge or cloud), thereby greatly simplifying the device supply chain.  
  • Security: FDO leverages an ‘zero trust’ approach, which means the installer no longer needs – nor has access to – any sensitive infrastructure/access control information.  
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