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Gluu integrates YubiKey for secure hard token USB and NFC Two-Factor Authentication

Michael Schwartz January 15, 2013

Gluu Cloud Identity platform announces support for Yubikey, a USB and NFC hard token strong authentication device, enabling two-factor access to both wifi and enterprise cloud applications.

For Immediate Release

Austin, TX, December 26, 2012 — As strong authentication to network and cloud applications continues to drive security needs, Gluu announced today support for Yubico’s leading hard token two-factor authentication device, YubiKey. The small, battery-less USB device simplifies the process of logging in with a One-Time Password and has been recognized as one of the most cost effective hard token two-factor authentication solutions available today.

Gluu’s open source cloud identity platform enables an organization to authenticate people, and to integrate with applications by supporting popular open authentication and authorization protocols, such as SAML, OAuth 2.0, and RADIUS.

“With over 200 two factor authentication companies competing for buyer’s attention, we have sought to test some of the more popular solutions that the market has shown to be secure, cost effective, and easy to use”, said Mike Schwartz, CEO and Founder of Gluu. “YubiKey was the first hard token we chose to test because of its widespread use and the impressive list of references listed on their website.”

“One of the advantages of the YubiKey was the simplicity of its design. Combined with Gluu’s platform, a person can use their YubiKey to authenticate to web or mobile applications, but also to gain physical access or to connect to a wifi network,” continued Schwartz.

“Gluu’s open source platform now enables application developers using OAuth2 profiles such as OpenID Connect and UMA to leverage Yubikey authentication,” said Stina Ehrensvard, CEO & Founder of Yubico. “We’re pleased to partner with Gluu, enabling YubiKey technology to be used in conjunction with the latest identity standards and a growing user base.”

The YubiKey solution, used with Gluu’s on-demand server solution is a fully customizable standards-based authorization and authentication solution that is designed to run “out-of-the-box” on your existing hardware or a dedicated cloud server provided by Gluu. Free trials of the complete, integrated solution are available through Gluu and are typically completed in one to three weeks.

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About Gluu
Gluu ( is an Austin, TX startup that provides open source and on demand cloud identity and trust management. Gluu leverages standards such as OpenID Connect, SAML 2.0, and SCIM to make achieving single sign-on (SSO) secure and easy. Deployed on a dedicated server with no user limits or fees, Gluu’s cloud identity platform helps organizations address the installation and operational issues of an organizational identity provider at a predictable annual cost.

About Yubico
Yubico is the leading authentication innovator, providing online identity protection with unmatched ease of use. The companys flagship product, the YubiKey, uniquely combines driverless USB and NFC hardware with open source software. More than a million users in 100 countries rely on YubiKey strong two-factor authentication for securing access to computers, mobile devices, networks and online services. Customers range from individual Internet users to e-governments and Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 2007, Yubico is privately held with offices in California, Sweden and UK.

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Mike Schwartz

Mike has been an entrepreneur and identity specialist for more than two decades. He is the technical and business visionary behind Gluu. Mike is an application security expert and has been a featured speaker at RSA Conference, Gartner Catalyst, Cloud Identity Summity (now "Identiverse") and many other security conferences around the world.

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