Yubico has moved forward with the general release of its YubiKey 5 FIPS Series of products. The FIPS Series provides customers with six different form factor options, all of which boast FIPS 140-2 Overall Level 1 and Level 2 certification.
In that regard, the YubiKey 5 Series is the first such series to achieve FIPS certification with full support for the FIDO2 and WebAuthn standards. Yubico initially submitted its YubiKey 5 firmware for FIPS 140-2 Overall Level 2 and Physical Security Level 3 certification back in June.
The full YubiKey 5 lineup includes the YubiKey 5 NFC, YubiKey 5C NFC, and YubiKey 5Ci, all three of which offer tap-and-go utility for people authenticating on a mobile device. The lineup also supports USB-A, USB-C, NFC and Lightning connections.
According to Yubico, the YubiKey 5 devices are well-suited to government applications, and already have the approval of the Department of Defense and the NSA. The keys are compatible with the PIV and CAC strong authentication frameworks, so government agencies can use YubiKeys to enable multi-factor authentication for contractors and remote workers without needing to issue a separate PIV or CAC card to each person accessing the system. In doing so, the keys support bring-your-own-device policies and passwordless authentication protocols.