Using FIDO2 Authenticators

FIDO2 is an authentication standard hosted by FIDO Alliance. This standard includes the Web Authentication ("WebAuthn") API, which is a specification written by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and FIDO, with participation from additional third parties. The WebAuthn API is backward compatible with Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) keys.

Centrify leverages the WebAuthn API to enable passwordless authentication to the Privileged Access Service using either on-device or external authenticators. On-device authenticators are biometric authenticators integrated into the device hardware. Popular examples are Mac Touch ID, Windows Hello, and fingerprint scanners. External authenticators are security keys that you plug into the device's USB port; for example, a YubiKey.

This feature requires prior configurations by your systems administrator.

To configure your FIDO2 Authenticator

  1. Log in to the Admin Portal > Profile page.
  2. Click Security and then the button associated with the FIDO2 Authenticator name created by your systems administrator.
  3. Add a FIDO2 Security Key (for example, a YubiKey), or an On-device Authenticator.

You may receive the following warning message: “Your current browser does not support <admin defined name> registration. Please contact your system administrator.” The Web Authentication APIs used by FIDO2 authenticators are only supported on specified browsers. This browser support is controlled by the W3C and the FIDO Alliance and is unrelated to Privileged Access Service. Refer to for more information.