FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy reference design secures mobile tokens
Infineon believes it offers the first FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy reference design for wireless authentication tokens. By using such a token in addition to a password, consumers can conveniently and securely authenticate online activities on mobile devices.
According to the company, 63% of all successful online breaches can be tracked back to inadequate passwords.
Bluetooth low energy as a communication protocol connects an authentication token to mobile and wireless applications and devices that do not have a USB port.
At the core of the FIDO reference design is an Infineon Secure Element which performs fast cryptographic operation and securely stores the code. It is certified and FIDO-ready, to allow manufacturers of connected security devices to integrate the FIDO Universal 2 nd Factor (U2F) standard with the Bluetooth low energy transceiver of their choice.
The FIDO Alliance’s U2F standard uses public key cryptography to add second factor authentication to online log-in services.
FIDO is implemented by companies such as Google, DropBox and GitHub. Infineon, supplies embedded security to implement FIDO with reference designs supporting U2F USB, U2F NFC, and U2F Bluetooth low energy standards.