Founders: Stina Ehrensvärd and Jakob Ehrensvärd
Yubico is a pioneer and leader in setting global standards for secure access to computers, mobile devices, servers, browsers, and online accounts. Founded in 2007 by Stina Ehrensvärd and her husband Jakob, the company was fuelled by the mission of creating a positive difference for global internet security, while making secure login easy and available for everyone.
More than half (53 percent) of UK organisations rely on outdated authentication methods, such as usernames and passwords. However, these methods are continuously proven to be susceptible to common cyber attacks such as ransomware, phishing, man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, password spraying, and SIM swapping. To address this and better protect access to both legacy and modern IT systems, Yubico has pioneered new innovative security protocols with its flagship product, the YubiKey.
The YubiKey is the gold standard for phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication (MFA), enabling a single device to work across hundreds of consumer and enterprise applications and services. With an intuitive user experience and fast setup and deployment, the YubiKey integrates with systems tailored for all business types and sizes, helping to reduce helpdesk tickets for password resets and account lockouts. Yubico’s technology enables secure authentication, encryption, and code signing and is used and loved by many of the world’s largest organisations and millions of customers in more than 160 countries.
Yubico protects logins for the largest enterprises, critical government infrastructures, free press and high-profile political figures around the world. Yubico’s products and services contribute to the global open standards community, which are built into leading platforms and browsers. Recently, leading global companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple announced support of passkeys and hardware security keys, including YubiKeys, to protect users’ iCloud accounts.
Today, Yubico is committed to furthering the adoption of its security keys to make millions of users around the world more secure. Yubico’s Secure it Forward programme donates YubiKeys to journalists, human rights organisations, and other marginalised communities facing social injustices. As hardware security keys can play a substantial role in helping targeted communities uphold their freedom of speech and human rights, the Secure it Forward programme helps to protect those that are disproportionately targeted by bad actors intending to silence their voices.
In addition, Yubico has played a significant role in securing critical national infrastructure and essential organisations such as Schneider Electric, a UK leader in the digital transformation of energy automation and management. Schneider Electric offers safe and reliable products and power management systems for critical infrastructure organisations including oil and gas drilling operations, data centres, hospital facilities, and commercial office buildings.
Another critical organisation which authenticates with YubiKeys is the Information Management and Technology Team at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust. The facility’s IT team wanted to reinforce their Windows and Office365 authentication processes and, by using the YubiKey, the team was able to achieve this goal. In doing so, this significantly improved the end-user experience and eliminated the need for passwords.