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FIDO Alliance opens testing program for security professionals

FIDO Alliance has opened its testing and certification program for individuals seeking to become FIDO Certified Professionals. Experts in online security and authentication are invited to apply and demonstrate their ability to support businesses in designing their authentication strategy and migration away from outdated techniques like passwords.

This program meets the corresponding demand for trusted professionals with FIDO expertise to support the implementation of FIDO authentication into organizations’ identity architectures.

“Organizations of all sizes and across all industries are increasingly aware that passwords are no longer fit for purpose, but very few know what the other options are, and even fewer know how to get there,” said Andrew Shikiar, executive director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance. “The FIDO Certified Professional Program stands to be a powerful tool in orchestrating the next phase of mass migration to more robust, modern authentication infrastructures. With more experts on the ground, we can keep empowering businesses all over the world to break their dependence on passwords — enabling greater security and enhanced user experience.”

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Technical knowledge

Aspiring FIDO Certified Professionals must be equipped with advanced technical knowledge to help organizations define a robust FIDO architecture that meets their business needs. Individuals are assessed on their skills and knowledge in relation to the FIDO standards and architecture, as well as the identity and authentication space more broadly.

Achieving FIDO certification provides the following benefits for professionals:

  • Competitive advantage in a highly skilled industry
  • Ability to execute projects with increased efficiency
  • Increased earning potential
  • Professional credibility and validation of expertise
  • Networking and business opportunities as part of the Alliance

Participants are assessed through an exam curated by industry peers and FIDO partner, Professional Testing. The program is recommended for professions including technology architects, systems and operations engineers, security professionals, and identity and access management professionals.

Among the first group to receive their FIDO certification are professionals who aided in the development of the exam: Eldan Haim, Apiiro; Shane Weeden, IBM; David Turner, FIDO Alliance; Susana Rodriguez, HYPR; Khedron de León, HYPR; Baljeet Sandhu, HYPR; Pasha Benenson, HYPR; Manish Khedawat, Target; and Aleksey Kravtsov, Warby Parker.