FIDO Alliance FDO certification program will allow users to mix and match FDO solutions from different vendors with confidence – simply, securely and flexibly.

According to Markets and Markets in their June 2023 report, the edge computing market size is expected to grow from US$53.6 billion in 2023 to $111.3 billion by 2028. 

However, despite the benefits, edge computing architecture is susceptible to cyber-attacks with the addition of vulnerable edge nodes and IoT devices. 

The FIDO Alliance’s FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) technology has been specifically defined by industry leaders such as Intel, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm and ARM to address these concerns.

The FDO certification program enables edge node and IoT device vendors to prove that their solutions adhere to the security and interoperability requirements of the FDO specifications, allowing edge and IoT users to quickly and securely onboard devices, thereby reducing cost, time and risk. 

The FDO protocol is a freely available standard that champions a ‘zero trust’ approach to enable devices to quickly and securely onboard to cloud and edge management platforms. 

“Edge nodes and IoT devices are bringing transformative benefits to a whole range of industries but overcoming the security risks that exist today is critical to enable more organizations to take the leap,” said Andrew Shikiar, executive director, FIDO Alliance.“The appetite we’ve seen for the FDO standard since we launched last year is a testament to how urgent the business need is to secure the edge in a way that’s quick and cost-effective. Launching the certification program marks another step towards fostering trust in the edge and IoT space and taking mass deployments to the next level.”

Vendors speak up

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 utilized by customers in a variety of settings and applications. 

“The FDO protocol is extensible beyond IoT and can be used to modernize onboarding and scale of enterprise edge and IT infrastructure,”

“As Dell helps customers simplify and securely manage their edge estate, we’re using the FDO protocol to solve security constraints at the edge. With Dell NativeEdge, our edge operations software platform, we’ve implemented FDO and Zero Trust enabling technologies to make edge device onboarding secure while improving time to service.”

Daniel Cummins, Dell Technologies Fellow, edge solutions

“The FDO standard has helped to reduce cost, save time, and improve security which is helping the industry to expand rapidly at the edge,”

“The new FDO certification testing program from the FIDO Alliance enables us to increase the attach rate of new devices with confidence, foster interoperability between vendors, and allows the industry to meet the requirements of our customers and partners with an automated, highly secure industry solution.”

Anand Pashupathy, Vice President and General Manager of Security, Software and Services Division in the Product Assurance and Security Group, at Intel

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform and the operating system of choice for many organizations deploying IoT and edge compute applications, spanning use cases such as industrial automation, medical, retail and other segments. By collaborating with the FIDO Alliance to implement FDO specifications for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we can help customers more easily and quickly onboard and provision their devices to support greater interoperability and enhanced security measures at the edge,”

Kelly Switt, senior director, Edge and AI Business Development, Red Hat

“The deployment of FDO technology for a range of commercial cameras from a Vietnamese camera OEM has yielded remarkable results, which I refer to as a triple-ROI: the camera OEM itself benefits when their product incorporates cutting-edge technology, creating a distinct competitive advantage; customers reap significant benefits, especially if they have a large number of devices to deploy and manage; and the issue of security and personal privacy, one of the pressing national security concerns, has been perfectly addressed,”

“Not stopping there, the integration of FDO with other technologies such as mesh, cyber-physical,… is providing the ability to solve previously unsolvable challenges in various aspects simultaneously, including safety, flexibility in deployment/operation/maintain, and cost-effectively. We consider ourselves fortunate for having made the early decision to embrace and promptly develop our FDO platform in order to bring it to the market on time.”

Simon Trac Do, CEO & Founder of VinCSS JSC, Vietnam

“FDO provides an easy and secure installation of devices into a customer’s environment. Certification is key in simplifying and speeding FDO adoption. For edge and IoT devices, FDO and Infineon`s OPTIGATM TPM are an excellent match. The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) secures the FDO credentials, reducing the risk that they could be compromised, while simultaneously simplifying the manufacturing process,”

Vijayaraghavan Narayanan, Infineon’s Head of Edge Identity and Authentication

“Our products primarily serve government, law enforcement, banking, and critical infrastructure sectors, where top-notch security and data protection are paramount. By integrating FIDO Device Onboard into our passwordless cameras, we confidently ensure the high security for our products right off the shelf, safeguarding our customers’ sensitive data while simultaneously mitigating tampering risks and reducing deployment and maintenance costs,”

Cuong Tran, CTO/Co-Founder, Pavana Technologies