HID Global Enables Organizations to Bring Millions of Remote Workers and Students Back On-Site with their Chromebooks


  • HID HydrantID digital certificate management solution helps bring passwordless wired or wireless authentication to Chromebooks, whose shipments skyrocketed during 2020 
  • The solution simplifies path to the hybrid workplace a its mixed-IT environment with a variety of computing devices and operating systems  

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5, 2021 – Organizations around the world sent an unprecedented number of people home during 2020 to work and attend school remotely, many of them with Chromebook laptops whose shipments more than doubled year over year.  HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, is now helping organizations bring these people and their Chromebooks back to a hybrid work and classroom environment using its HID HydrantID Account Certificate Manager (ACM) digital certificate management offering. 

According to the market research firm Canalys[i], “Chromebooks set record shipment volumes, reaching 11.2 million units in Q4 2020, a remarkable 287% increase over Q4 2019, bringing the full-year 2020 total to 30.6 million units.”  HID HydrantID ACM and its new Chromebook Certificate Enrollment Extension (CEE) feature enable organizations to issue and manage the digital certificates for bringing these devices back to physical work and study settings, ensuring they can connect to networks seamlessly and securely without passwords. 

“The traditional walled-fortress IT security posture isn’t feasible as we transition to hybrid remote and in-person work and study environments using a growing variety of computing devices and operating systems,” said By Mrugesh Chandarana, Senior Product Manager, Commercial CA and PKI Services with HID Global, Identity and Access Management. “The huge influx of Chromebooks is here to stay and HID HydrantID ACM with its CEE feature is the first solution to provide an easy, cloud-based approach to digital certificate management that enables these devices to authenticate to enterprise networks in a passwordless, Zero Trust network access environment.”  

HID HydrantID ACM with the CEE feature offers automated digital certificate lifecycle management with tracking, installation, and renewal. It enables users of any Chromebook make or model to be securely up and running on the network by simply plugging in their devices and seamlessly deploying certificates for passwordless authentication without any user intervention. Early adopters of the HID HydrantID CEE solution for Chromebooks include a large financial institution with a sizable remote workforce, as well as high schools and colleges where Chromebook usage grew substantially during the 2020/2021 academic year.  

The CEE feature is especially valuable for users as it allows them to have passwordless authentication while seamlessly navigating between remote connectivity and direct connection to the in-office network.  For organizations that do not have an internal Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) infrastructure, the CEE allows them to implement a seamless experience for their users while freeing up Help and\or Service Desk resources. By implementing the CEE using HID HydrantID Managed PKI-as-a-Service, organizations eliminate operational complexity and dramatically reduce costs related to operating and deploying an organizational private PKI.  

About HID HydrantID ACM 

Digital certificates provide a cryptographically-secure and verifiable way to enable authentication and encryption for all transactions in a network, regardless of where users, devices or computers are located. The cloud-based HydrantID ACM solution provides an easy, cloud-based approach to tracking, installing and renewing both privately-issued and trusted Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates. It also offers the industry’s broadest range of certificate automation capabilities under a single annual subscription fee.  This includes providing complete control, delegated administration and on-demand auditing and reporting. Users can automate and scale certificate provisioning for every system and device. 

Click herefor HID Global’s white paper on implementing Zero Trust Security for Google Chromebooks using PKI, and here for more information about the HID HydrantID Managed PKI-as-a-Service, HID HydrantID ACM solution and CEE feature. 

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About HID Global 

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and billions of things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet.  Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 4,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.  

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