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Azure AD announces support for FIDO2-based passwordless sign-in

Every day, more and more of our customers move to cloud services and applications. They need to know that the data and services stored in these services are secure. Unfortunately, passwords are no longer an effective security mechanism. We know from industry analysts that 81 percent of successful cyberattacks begin with a compromised username and password. Additionally, traditional MFA (multi-factor authentication), while very effective, can be hard to use and has a very low adoption rate.

We need to provide our customers with authentication options that are secure and easy to use, so they can confidently access information without having to worry about hackers taking over their accounts.

Passwordless authentication is the solution. It will help to significantly and permanently reduce the risk of account compromise. Now, all Azure AD users can sign in password-free using a FIDO2 security key (such as the Yubikey), the Microsoft Authenticator app, or Windows Hello. These strong authentication factors are based off the same world class, public key/private key encryption standards and protocols, which are protected by a biometric factor (fingerprint or facial recognition) or a PIN. Users apply the biometric factor or PIN to unlock the private key stored securely on the device. The key is then used to prove who the user and the device are to the service. 

The Yubikey offers a safe AND easy, FIDO2 passwordless 2-factor authentication solution.

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