Yubico and ID.me are working together to enable secure remote access control for members of the New York State Air National Guard (NY ANG). The two companies had originally received separate grants from the NIST to develop public-facing identity verification tools, but have since combined their two solutions to provide the NY ANG with a more comprehensive access control system for those logging into the organization’s DLAN network.
To that end, Yubico and and ID.me have essentially delivered a two-stage identity verification and authentication process. Users are first asked to verify their identities through ID.me’s remote identity proofing platform, which matches the user’s face to a photo ID and confers with mobile operators to make sure that they are using their own device.
From there, NY ANG members can order a YubiKey directly through the ID.me verification platform. When it arrives, they can use ID.me to log into the NY ANG’s DLAN system to link that YubiKey to their verified NY ANG account. They can then use the YubiKey to enjoy a streamlined authentication process the next time they need to gain access to the DLAN network.
To make ordering easier, ID.me has been integrated with Yubico’s YubiEnterprise Delivery service. The new DLAN authentication system is based on secure FIDO2 and WebAuthn protocols, and will not grant anyone access to the system until a FIDO-approved authentication event has taken place.
ID.me’s identity verification technology has previously been used to verify the identities of first responders, and to help distribute $1.2 billion in unemployment claims. Yubico, meanwhile, has noted that COVID-19 prompted many organizations to update their security practices, especially with regards to multi-factor authentication. The two companies will be discussing their joint system and the NY ANG pilot during a panel session at the Identiverse conference on the morning of June 22.