Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, today announced that the new Security Key by Yubicosupporting FIDO2, will be supported in Windows 10 devices and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). The feature is currently in limited preview for Microsoft Technology Adoption Program (TAP) customers.
This means that organizations will soon have the option to enable employees and customers to sign in to an Azure AD joined device with no password, simply by using the Security Key by Yubico to get single sign-on to all Azure AD based applications and services.
“Microsoft’s FIDO2 implementation using the Security Key by Yubico is just the beginning of a passwordless world; there are no limits as to where this technology can take us,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO and Founder, Yubico. “Passwords have been an age-old pain point for both individuals and organizations, and now, we have developed a unified open standard that can finally solve the problem at scale.”
Yubico created and designed the first FIDO2 Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP)-enabled authentication device on the market, and recently introduced the first security key supporting FIDO2 to be integrated into Windows and Microsoft cloud services. Together, these technologies are widely applicable across industries, particularly those with a distributed workforce in a shared or multi-device environment such as: retail, healthcare, transportation, finance, manufacturing, and more.
“Passwordless login represents a massive shift in how billions of users, both business and consumer, will securely log in to their Windows 10 devices and authenticate to Azure Active Directory-based applications and services,” said Alex Simons, Director of Program Management for Microsoft’s Identity Division. “We’re excited to partner with Yubico as we work together to eliminate passwords.”
“While multi-factor authentication provides a needed layer of security, most MFA solutions also require the use of a standard username and password, which can be cumbersome and inconvenient,” said Garrett Bekker, principal Analyst, 451 Research. “The WebAuthn and CTAP client functionality within FIDO2 helps Yubico offer a hardware-based MFA approach that is both more secure and easy-to-use compared to static credentials.”
FIDO2 is on track to be supported on over 600 million desktop and mobile devices around the world running Windows 10 Redstone 4 or later. For businesses interested in transitioning to passwordless authentication with the Security Key by Yubico, organization’s can gain access to valuable training and open source assets via the recently launched Yubico Developer Program.