Ranked the most innovative EU nation in 2019 and placing second in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019, Sweden has a long track record as a hotbed of innovation. One of many innovative companies to emerge on the global scene from this hotbed is Yubico. With a mission to make secure login easy and available for everyone, Yubico created the YubiKey, a security key for robust multi-factor authentication (MFA) that enables a safer internet for billions of people.

YubiKey support coming to AiRE IntelligentFiler storage arrays

Given our common Swedish roots and our aim to make storage array security more powerful and simpler, it was only a matter of time before we added YubiKey support to AiRE IntelligentFiler. Now it’s finally happening in AiRE Version 3, this year’s major software update that we are in the process of rolling out.

Why MFA is a gamechanger for stopping credential theft

Stolen credentials were used in over 80% of web application breaches, and lost or stolen credentials or brute force were involved in more than 80% of breaches caused by hacking – Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report

The number of digital services in use and the sophistication of cybercriminals has skyrocketed in recent years. This increases the risk of credentials being stolen and how severe of a business impact this can have. Also, poor user password practices make matters even worse. For instance, Yubico’s 2020 State of Password and Authentication Security Behaviors Report conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that:

  • 49% of IT pros share passwords with colleagues
  • 50% of IT pros reuse passwords across workplace accounts
  • 60% of IT pros do not use MFA to protect personal accounts

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a game changer for account protection. In fact, Microsoft Security Research advises that MFA can reduce the risk of credentials being compromised by as much as 99.9%. However, text messages and push notifications as a form of MFA still pose some security issues and you could get locked out if your phone dies. This is why hardware security keys like YubiKey fill a major gap by enabling bulletproof logins with best-in-class security.

Fast and secure connection to your storage array with YubiKey

The ability to work quickly and securely from anywhere is a key driver of digital transformation. In the past, IT architectures were centered around the local office network. When working from outside the office, you had to either sacrifice speed, performance and simplicity with a VPN or risk compromising security without one. 

But now the rapid rise in distributed teams and home working demands a more agile way of working. That is exactly what YubiKey enables by making it possible to secure fast remote connections to data on your AiRE IntelligentFiler storage array without a VPN. With YubiKey support, system administrators can easily encrypt the connection from their laptop to their AiRE IntelligentFiler storage array with MFA. 

Given the increasingly high volumes of business-critical data stored on enterprise storage arrays, this best-in-class system administration security will give you peace of mind. Without having to worry about credential theft and unauthorized access, you’ll be poised to take your digital transformation to new heights with agile business models.

Upgrade to AiRE Version 3 and start using YubiKeys with your storage array

We are proud to be one of the first storage array vendors to implement YubiKey support. This is just one of many exciting new features, such as VSA, that we are delivering in our new software update, AiRE Version 3. Contact us to learn more about when and how to upgrade to AiRE Version 3 and how to implement YubiKeys with your AiRE IntelligentFiler storage array.