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Nok Nok and Yubico integrate authentication technology


Nok Nok Labs and Yubico have announced an optimized integration of the former’s enterprise authentication software and the latter’s hardware authentication security keys to ease enterprise adoption of FIDO U2F, FIDO2, and WebAuthn protocols.

Enterprises worldwide can use the Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite with any Yubico YubiKey under the integration, allowing users to securely bootstrap various kinds of computing devices to enable strong authentication across shared services. Nok Nok and Yubico are able to deliver the most advanced FIDO-based solutions to deliver the highest level of security and convenience for consumers and enterprises with their combined technologies as contributors to the FIDO standards, according to the announcement.

Yubico just launched the YubiKey Bio to bring biometric authentication to its line of hardware security keys.

“Replacing lost and easily compromised passwords with a standards-based strong and convenient authentication solution has been the mission of Nok Nok and our FIDO-enabled products since 2013,” said Dr. Rolf Lindemann, Vice President, Products of Nok Nok Labs. “The integration of Nok Nok and Yubico paves the way to next-generation authentication for enterprises.”

The companies note that the recent 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report from Risk Based Security noted that of 3,800 publicly disclosed data breaches in the first six months of 2019, the exposures could be traced to passwords in 65 percent of cases, and email in 70 percent.

“Access to critical business information is at risk without strong authentication. With the YubiKey, customers have an easy-to-use, secure hardware-backed authentication solution leveraging open standards with FIDO and WebAuthn,” said Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico.

The FIDO Alliance will be holding its 6th Tokyo Seminar on December 5 in Tokyo, under the title ‘Toward a World without Passwords. The seminar will feature a guest keynote by OpenID Foundation President Natsuhiko Sakimura, FIDO2 technical overview, presentations on the development of FIDO in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, and initiatives in Asian countries.

FIDO Alliance Executive Director and CMO Andrew Shikiar will deliver an opening keynote, and a panel will discuss the technical essence of FIDO certification.

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