Yubico U2F YubiKeys Earn FIDO Certification

PALO ALTO, CA, May 21, 2015 – Yubico, the leading provider of simple and open online identity protection, today announced that Yubico U2F-compliant authentication devices – U2F Security Key, YubiKey NEO and YubiKey Edge – have passed the FIDO Alliance Certification Testing Program for 1.0 Specification and are official FIDO Certified™ products.  

Yubico U2F-compliant authentication devices – U2F Security Key, YubiKey NEO and YubiKey Edge – provide strong, two-factor authentication to Google Drive for Work.

Yubico FIDO Certified authentication devices – U2F Security Key, YubiKey NEO and YubiKey Edge

Earlier today, the FIDO Alliance introduced the FIDO Certified™ testing program, which is designed to measure compliance and ensure interoperability among products and services that support FIDO 1.0 specifications. FIDO certification is performed using a set of test tools developed by the FIDO Alliance, followed by participation in a proctored interoperability event.

The FIDO Certified testing complements the previous FIDO Ready™ program, which was the first brand that defined FIDO tested products.

“FIDO Certified is the next step in the evolution of Yubico’s lineup of FIDO-compliant keys,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and founder, Yubico, Inc. “We were one of the first to offer FIDO Ready U2F devices, and have seen the acceptance and deployment of our keys grow rapidly.  This certification ensures interoperability of products and services while increasing confidence in FIDO U2F, as we see more consumers and enterprises embrace the technology.”

Recent support for FIDO U2F includes Google Drive for Work, which allows  admins to easily deploy, monitor and manage U2F Security Key, YubiKey NEO and YubiKey Edge. IT admins can see where and when employees last used their keys with usage tracking and reports, with no additional software to install.

“Yubico has been a driving force behind the development and adoption of the U2F protocol. We congratulate them for meeting the requirements of FIDO 1.0 certification and for being among the first to offer FIDO Certified products and solutions to the marketplace,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “The acute need to move beyond passwords with FIDO authentication is fulfilled as reliable FIDO products are made available to users, enterprise, and service providers who are ready for more secure, private and easier-to-use authentication.”

The first FIDO Certified testing sessions were conducted on April 29th and 30th at events in San Jose, and Mountain View, CA.

FIDO U2F Security Key, YubiKey NEO and YubiKey Edge are available immediately. It should be noted that for the YubiKey NEO, FIDO Certified (and Ready) only covers the USB interface, not NFC.  For more information and to see U2F in action, please visit Yubico.

About The FIDO Alliance

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance is changing the nature of authentication with standards for simpler, stronger authentication that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce reliance on passwords. FIDO authentication is stronger, private, and easier to use when authenticating to online services.

The FIDO Alliance Board of Directors includes leading global organizations: Alibaba Holdings (NYSE: BABA); ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH); Bank of America Corporation  (NYSE:BAC); CrucialTec (KRX: 114120); Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS); Google; IdentityX; Lenovo; MasterCard (NYSE: MA); Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”); Nok Nok Labs, Inc.; NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI); Oberthur Technologies OT; PayPal (NASDAQ:EBAY); Qualcomm, Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM); RSA®; Samsung Electronics, Ltd (KOSCOM: SECL); Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA); Visa Inc. (NYSE: V); Yubico.

About Yubico

As the inventors of the YubiKey®, Yubico sets new world standards for secure login across the Internet. Our unique USB and NFC key offers one-touch strong authentication supporting multiple authentication protocols for all devices and platforms – with no driver or client software needed. With successful enterprise deployments in 146 countries, including 8 of the top 10 Internet companies, Yubico is adding the consumer market to its list of strong authentication converts. Founded in 2007, Yubico is privately held with offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Stockholm, and London. For more information, please visit www.yubico.com.


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