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Highest-assurance, phishing-resistant MFA for Federal Government
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Understanding and planning for phishing-resistant MFA in OMB M-22-09

Hear from Eric Mill, Senior Advisor, OMB, Grant Dasher, Identity and Access Management Expert, CISA, DHS, and Derek Mueller, Cybersecurity Advisor, State Coordinator, CISA, DHS on what agencies should be doing to meet SmartCard and FIDO driven phishing-resistant MFA requirements in OMB M-22-08


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Recommendations for CIOs of Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies to comply with EO 14028 and OMB Memo M-22-09


Highest-assurance, phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication for Federal Government

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12), YubiKeys provide high assurance authentication without compromise to help you go passwordless, and modernize multi-factor authentication and smart card deployments.

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Need to deploy MFA per President Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity? Yubico can help you meet the 180 day deadline with DOD approved strong authentication.


Meets Federal Government Compliance Requirements

Manufactured securely in the United States using stringent processes and secure supply chain for trustworthy components, Yubico solutions are fully vetted and approved for sale throughout the public sector, both domestically and abroad.

  • FIPS 140-2, Overall Level 1 (Certificate #3907) and Level 2 (Certificate #3914), Physical Security Level 3
  • Validated to NIST SP 800-63-3 Authenticator Assurance Level (AAL) 3 requirements
  • DOD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Level III compliant
  • Support for DFARS/NIST SP 800-171
  • WebAuthn/FIDO/FIDO2 compliant
  • Approved for use in DOD Non-Classified and Secret Classified Environments
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Deploy NIST compliant phishing-resistant MFA

Government employees and contractors are likely to be targeted by hackers and nation-states, so authentication solutions need to be resistant to phishing and account takeovers, and comply with federal regulations.

The Yubikey is one of only three DoD CIO government approved alternate authenticators that meet DoD’s rigorous cybersecurity requirements. YubiKeys offer the best available security against phishing attacks and account takeovers and are FIPS 140-2 validated to meet the highest authentication assurance level 3 requirements (AAL3) of NIST SP800-63B guidelines. YubiKeys are also WebAuthn, FIDO, FIDO2, DFARS/NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC compliant, and approved for use in DOD Non-Classified and Secret Classified Environments.

Read how to enable mobile, secure authentication for federal zero trust environments >

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Ensure strong security for non PIV/non CAC eligible users

Short term contract workers that aren’t eligible for a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential or a Common Access Card (CAC) also require secure access to government services and systems. Some users may even require a token that works by itself without additional smart card hardware or software needs.

The YubiKey FIPS Series is PIV compatible and offers Smart Card, OTP, FIDO authentication methods and is the only hardware authenticator to meet DoD contractor security requirements.

Read why New York Air National Guard is piloting the YubiKey >

Deploy highest assurance authentication for mobile derived PIV and BYOD/BYOAD

Mobile derived PIV authentication can result in the need for multiple devices and authentication solutions, and in case of BYOD/BYOAD, puts agencies on point to reimburse employees for mobile costs leading to additional expenses.

YubiKeys accommodate derived PIV/CAC requirements, eliminating device-based authentication and minimizing BYOD/BYOAD reimbursement costs. A single security key can be used to securely authenticate users to applications and services across multiple government issued or personal devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobiles, making it a cost-effective solution.

Read now: YubiKey for mobile in the public sector

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Modernize authentication for privileged users

New and varied threat vectors put privileged users like key government officials, and security, network and database admins at great risk. The majority of security breaches involve misuse of privileged credentials. This creates ready access to sensitive information like defense plans, budgets, strategic planning docs, PII/PHI which can cripple the government.

YubiKeys bridge legacy MFA to modern protocols such as FIDO2 and WebAuthn. The YubiKey’s hardware design enables the authentication secret to be stored on a separate secure chip built into the YubiKey, so it cannot be copied or stolen. This offers the highest security for authenticating privileged users.

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Secure user access to closed/air gap networks

Air gap networks are closed off from the outside, making it difficult to authenticate users using data sent over a network. Passwords aren’t the most secure authentication method, and smart cards need additional readers which can be expensive and add to security concerns of the air gap network.

YubiKeys don’t need any network connectivity, cellular connection or batteries to work. YubiKeys ensure that air gap networks stay secured against breaches by providing a multi-factor authentication solution that works well in network isolated and mobile restricted environments. With a YubiKey, users can be authenticated without transfer of information across a Cross Domain Solution (CDS).

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Deliver the best user experience

SMS, one time passwords and mobile authenticators are cumbersome to use and hinder productivity. They are also easily breached via man-in-the-middle phishing attacks. The top two data breach attack vectors today are phishing attacks and stolen credentials (source: Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigation Report).

YubiKeys offer the best of both worlds – the best available security against phishing attacks and account takeovers, as well as the best user experience. To authenticate, users simply tap/touch their security key. YubiKeys also don’t require batteries, have no breakable screens, don’t need a cellular connection, and are water-resistant and crush-resistant.

Read now: Going passwordless in the public sector with FIDO2/WebAuthn


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Procuring YubiKeys

YubiKeys are available for procurement through multiple convenient channels. Important project? Engage with the YubiKey Public Sector team for strategic implementations.


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