Embracing the future of strong authentication with FIDO U2F

November 28, 2017 2 minute read
Centrify and YubiKeys

Centrify is a longtime Yubico partner, and together we bring two-factor authentication (2FA) and security to organizations and their global workforces. Today, we are excited to further enhance our joint partnership with Centrify’s commitment to support FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (FIDO U2F) within the Centrify platform. The platform’s upgraded security will be available on December 16, 2017, expanding upon the PIV-compatible smart card and one-time passcode (OTP) features of the YubiKey that have been available to Centrify customers since February of 2016.

FIDO U2F is a two-factor authentication (2FA) security protocol created by Yubico and Google that defends against phishing and man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. Centrify’s support for FIDO U2F will give their customers the ability meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) highest Authenticator Assurance Level (AAL3) as an alternative option to smart cards, outlined in the NIST Special Publication 800-63 Revision3. To achieve AAL3, this new option now allows a single factor cryptographic device like the YubiKey with FIDO U2F protocol enabled, combined with the user’s password, to authenticate with Centrify’s platform.

Ecosystem Showcase: Centrify

Ecosystem Showcase: Centrify

“As principal inventor behind the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) open authentication standard, Yubico believes that secure, easy-to-use and scalable authentication should be available to everyone ” said Jerrod Chong, VP of Product at Yubico. “Centrify shares our mission to bring greater security and convenience to the enterprise. By adding FIDO U2F support, Centrify has the most complete set of YubiKey integrations available from a technology partner.”

“The old days of the guarded castle with a moat, where all interactions inside the castle were trusted and all interactions outside the castle were suspect, no longer applies,” said Bill Mann, Chief Product Officer at Centrify. “Remote employees on BYOD devices accessing SaaS applications are as much a reality today as someone sitting at their workstation inside the office. At Centrify, we are committed to helping our customers embrace this new reality and  where all access must be authenticated, authorized and encrypted.”

When available from Centrify, enabling FIDO U2F or your organization is simple. Users will love how easy it is to log in with the YubiKey.

Together, Centrify and Yubico provide a frictionless security solution that moves beyond passwords, bolsters security, and provides secure access to apps, devices, and IT resources.

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