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Startup Nok Nok Labs pitches strong new authentication process

Client/server software is supporting new protocol called OSTP

By , Network World
February 12, 2013 08:06 AM ET

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Nok Nok Labs is considered the first vendor to be FIDO-compliant, and the idea is that the FIDO Alliance, set up as a 501(c) nonprofit organization, will govern the OSTP specification and make the intellectual property created available to those who join. "If you join the Alliance, you get the spec for the client," says Dunkelberger, adding that someone could create their own server, if so inclined.

Potentially, the OSTP framework is complex and extensible as it is said to support established infrastructure security authentication protocols that include SAML, OpenID, and OAuth.

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email:

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