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New security key hardware from Yubico provides support for different authentication protocols and can be used to enable a "password-less" security model.

Yubico announced its 5 Series security keys on Sept. 24, providing organizations with enhanced hardware to improve authentication security.

Yubico develops a hardware-based authentication device known as the YubiKey, which provides support for different authentication protocols. Organizations can use YubiKeys to enable different types of multifactor authentication and password-less authentication approaches.

"Our new YubiKey 5 Series is comprised of four different form factors and are multiprotocol security keys," Jerrod Chong, senior vice president of product at Yubico, told eWEEK.
Password-less

While YubiKeys have typically been considered for use as part of an MFA approach, they can also be used for single-factor authentication, requiring no username or password to log in to a supported service (password-less).

"FIDO2 is the first open authentication protocol that can take tap-and-go authentication to the masses. Many existing tap-and-go solutions are proprietary and based on weak static credentials," Chong said. "Strong single-factor authentication using public key cryptography sets a new bar for quick and easy authentication with significantly higher security, deployability and productivity."