How YubiKeys are made: Security at scale

September 30, 2020 2 minute read

The first YubiKey was manufactured in Sweden in 2008. A few years later, part of our team moved from Stockholm to California, and we expanded our production capabilities to this part to the US West coast. It was a conscious choice to manufacture our products in the two democratic countries that were close to our innovation teams and main customers. To further safeguard the security of our products, we have the last decade continued to make investments across the entire supply chain, summarized in more details in this page on Yubico secure manufacturing

The Yubico innovation team has been internationally recognized for creating game changing product designs and security protocols in our industry. What many may not know is that we also invented new methods for manufacturing USB keys in a monoblock form factor. A glimpse of how YubiKeys are made can be seen in this video from our main manufacturing plants in Sweden. 

Today, we are launching and ramping up volume production for our fourth USB-C device, the YubiKey 5C NFC. In 2016, before USB-C was commonly available on laptops on Android phones, we launched the first USB-C security key in keychain form factor. Two years later we introduced the YubiKey C Nano, which is probably the industry’s smallest USB-C authenticator ever made. And last year, we introduced the YubiKey 5Ci, the world’s first USB-C and Lightning dual-connector security key.

The YubiKey 5C NFC is a welcomed new member of the YubiKey family. After unexpected delays due to COVID-19, it’s finally here. Requested by our customers and meeting the core features and values that signifies a genuine YubiKey — quality, security, robustness, and usability in a minimalistic design.