Brett McDowell

Executive Director, The FIDO Alliance

Brett McDowell is FIDO Alliance’s Executive Director, the organization he helped establish in 2012 to remove the world’s dependency on passwords through open standards for strong authentication. Previously, he was Head of Ecosystem Security at PayPal, where he developed strategies and launched initiatives to improve Internet security. McDowell has extensive experience leading cybersecurity coalitions, having held various leadership roles in NSTIC IDESG,, M3AAWG, NCSA,, Kantara Initiative and Liberty Alliance. McDowell is a Fellow at the National Center for Digital Government at UMASS and serves on the Boston Federal Reserve Bank's Mobile Payments Industry Workgroup.