WISeKey has announced that it will be providing the microprocessors for Ensurity’s ThinC-AUTH biometric security key. The ThinC-AUTH is FIDO2 certified, and can be used to enable secure logins for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Azure AD users.
Ensurity is a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), while the ThinC-AUTH is a USB hardware token that comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor for additional security. WISeKey’s microprocessors are designed and certified according to government-grade EAL5+ Common Criteria, and will support the secure chip that cryptographically stores the user’s fingerprint and other credentials on the ThinC-AUTH device.
The two companies are hoping that the security keys will help reduce people’s reliance on passwords, especially as COVID-19 continues to fuel the creation of remote work environments. In that regard, WISeKey noted that many people still reuse the same password for multiple accounts, and that weak or compromised credentials are responsible for the majority of data breaches.
“Living in a digital world allows us to access many online new services in the blink of an eye,” said WISeKey Founder and CEO Carlos Moreira. “Remote work often leads to the comfort of employees. Then, cybersecurity becomes a must to protect corporate assets.”
“Building our ThinC-AUTH biometric key on WISeKey’s certified cybersecurity was a natural choice when we decided to enhance the protection of our customer’s credentials and private information,” added Ensurity COO Amit Mathur.
In March, Ensurity released the latest version of the ThinC-AUTH, offering 256GB of encrypted storage in addition to FIDO2 and U2F support with the ThinC-AUTH+. Previous iterations of the ThinC were built with a fingerprint sensor from FPC.
WISeKey, meanwhile, unveiled an authentication certificate that could be embedded in web browsers in early 2019. ForgeRock and Appdome are some of the other recent additions to the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association.