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Friday, 09 July 2021 13:53

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Yubico's A/NZ VP Geoff Schomburgk talks Yubikey security in the Zero Trust era

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GUEST INTERVIEW: Yubikeys are the ultimate multi-factor authentication tool, used by consumers, businesses, governments and any organisation to keep accounts and networks secure in the age of global Cyber Cold War, and we spoke to Yubico's Geoff Schomburgk on iTWireTV.

Yubico. The company started in 2007 with the mission to make secure login easy and available for everyone, and in 2021, the company has certainly achieved that. The company's security keys are manufactured in Sweden and the USA, and have won the trust of the largest enterprises and millions of users across the globe.

With USB-A, USB-C, Lightning and NFC keys, along with FIPS 140-2 validated keys that allow government agencies and regulated industries to meet the highest authenticator assurance level 3 (AAL3) requirements from the new NIST SP800-63B guidance, Yubico has MFA covered.

Indeed, the company proudly boasts of companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, GitHub, Citrix, Salesforce, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and many others as customers, so clearly, Yubico has the Yubikey to authentication security success.

So, given the alarmingly escalating cyber security situation, which has only been heightened by the outrageous effrontery of scammers, hackers and cyber criminals taking advantage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to cause even more cyber chaos, it was a good time to talk to Yubico's VP in the A/NZ region, Geoff Schomburgk, to learn more, and discuss Zero Trust and the new security reality.

Here's the video interview, which is followed by a summary of the topics we spoke about, and some videos on Yubico - please read on!

I started by introducing Geoff, welcoming him to iTWireTV, and asking him to tell us about Yubico in 2021.

We then spoke about Zero Trust, what the goal of Zero Trust is, why companies should care about it, and what is stopping companies from adopting it.

We spoke about Yubikeys being the first line of defence for security professionals that want to adopt the Zero Trust framework and how purpose-built hardware security keys are much safer than SMS, email or app authentication, and more general discussion about cyber security in the Zero Trust cyber Cold War era.

I asked Geoff about his first computer, his own history in the world of tech, how he thinks Yubico and the industry will evolve over the next few years, great advice he has received in life, and his final message to iTWire viewers and readers, and to Yubico's current and future customers and partners.

Here is the full launch video of Yubico's USB-C and Lightning Yubikey from 2019:

Here is Ronnie Manning, CMO at Yubico, at an interview, backstage at RSA 2021:

 

Yubico's YouTube channel is here


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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