Biometric USB Key Among Earliest FIDO2-certified Solutions

“The device features a built-in fingerprint sensor, combining the two-factor security of a USB key with the sophistication of biometric authentication.”

Biometric USB Key Among Earliest FIDO2-certified Solutions

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South Korea-based eWBM‘s Golden Gate biometric USB key has attained FIDO2 certification, the company has announced.

The device features a built-in fingerprint sensor, combining the two-factor security of a USB key with the sophistication of biometric authentication. As such, it is perhaps ideally suited to the FIDO2 authentication specification, which is designed to enable authentication based on security keys and biometrics directly through a web browser.

The Golden Gate security key also features a custom-designed SoC processor featuring a secure boot, a random number generator, and a digital key management capability, among other security features. Its fingerprint sensor, meanwhile, is powered by algorithm software from the prolific Precise Biometrics.

Golden Gate’s solution is one of a raft of FIDO2 certifications that have come out of interoperability testing organized by the FIDO Alliance in August, its latest credentials complementing a FIDO U2F certification attained this past April. As such, it’s among the first solutions of its kind in the FIDO2 ecosystem, though many more are likely to follow as FIDO2 web authentication gains traction.