Beginning in April 2016, Digidentity began offering support for Yubikeys and the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol for GOV.UK Verify Set to launch this month, this is the first government service in the world to make support for a FIDO authenticator based on open standards.
To authenticate to GOV.UK Verify using Digidentity with FIDO U2F, the user inserts a U2F certified YubiKey into the computer's USB port, and then touches the device. There are no drivers or client software to install. Furthermore, the same U2F YubiKey that works with GOV.UK Verify also works for logging into a growing number of large scale commercial services, including Google, Dropbox, and Dashlane, without any personal data or encryption secrets shared between service providers.
Digidentity's partnership with Yubico and the support for U2F in GOV.UK Verify is an example of how Digidentity drives innovation for the programme and continuous to deliver easy and secure online identities.
We thank EIC for this recognition and GDS for the continuous support.