Next generation secure authentication brings vision to life as a cost-effective game changer
The original vision that GOV.UK had of visitors authenticating their identities easily online has been brought to life with Yubico strong authentication, allowing GOV.UK to be the first government service in the world to make support for hardware-based authenticators using the FIDO U2F authentication standard. The GOV.UK service works using Digidentity, one of UK government’s certified identity providers, who check and confirm a user’s identity before they can access a government service. When combined with the power yet simplicity of the YubiKey, Digidentity and Yubico provided a strong authentication solution that addresses the risks associated with weak passwords and provides quick and safe access to GOV.UK.
“UK citizens can easily purchase online a FIDO U2F security key and register it with Digidentity,” says Marcel Wendt, Digidentity CTO and co-founder. “With a quick online process, the user’s identity is verified and tied to the U2F security key, and the data is encrypted to safeguard a user’s privacy. We are pleased to partner with Yubico, a driving contributor of the FIDO U2F standard, to make this happen.”