YubiKeys meet high-security compliance requirements
The IT team at Virginia Tech was laser focused on achieving strong security and compliance without sacrificing an intuitive user experience. Many users wanted a fast way to authenticate over typing in OTPs or reaching for their devices. After researching multiple solutions, the IT team chose YubiKeys to provide easy, fast, and strong authentication. “Secure 2FA is the way that the campus is going, and YubiKeys have a great reputation for being highly secure and easy to use,” said Morris Niday, Manager of Hokie Centric and Computer Service Center. “So for us, choosing the YubiKey was really a no-brainer.”
YubiKeys were quickly adopted as a 2FA solution and the deployment was easy because Virginia Tech’s infrastructure was supported by Duo, Yubico’s ecosystem partner, with no extra integration work required. “With the YubiKey, you just press a button and you’re in, which makes it so easy for people who don’t want to retype passcodes,” said Hla Tlou, Corporate Technology Division Manager for Virginia Tech Services, Inc. “It also helps us meet strict security requirements for many of our research partners.”
Ultimately, research faculty and IT directors on campus began authenticating to Gmail and other platforms with strong two-factor authentication for added security. In addition, YubiKey access has been extended to other campus services such as Banner, the university’s paperless document management and approval system. To simplify deployment, YubiKeys are available to all of the Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students through Hokie Centric, University Bookstore, Volume Two Bookstore, Dietrick Convenience Store, and Virginia Tech Services, Inc. Computer Service Center.