Discover Financial Services (DFS) has joined the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance to accelerate and simplify user authentication and make transactions more secure.
According to DFS, FIDO members will offer open specifications for universal authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use.
The open FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards.
Additionally, these open specifications will be modified to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments.
FIDO specifications allow the interaction of technologies within a single infrastructure, enabling security options to be tailored to the distinct needs of each user and organization.
Discover authentication and decision infrastructure solutions vice president Daniel Almenara said the implementation of a fast and secure authentication method will allow them to both serve customers and protect their information better, improving the overall customer experience.
"Discover is committed to the continued improvement of universal authentication standards. We look forward to contributing the resources and expertise to these discussions on stronger authentication and more secure methods," he added.