Nitrokey Turns 5! Roadmap For 2020

Time flies. This week five years ago, Nitrokey was incorporated. Although our roots reach back to 2008 when the non-profit open source project "Crypto Stick" was started, 2015 marked the year of entering the business world. The mission: building the best open source hardware security keys on the market, enabling data encryption, user authentication and key management.

When the company Nitrokey was founded in Berlin in 2015, we couldn't predict the future, of course. Today, we're proud of what we've achieved: Almost 10,000 happy customers and many of those enterprise customers. A five-figure number of Nitrokeys produced and shipped. Partnerships like those with Nextcloud, Gentoo Foundation, and The Linux Foundation allow us to contribute to the security of the general IT and open source landscape. This is motivation and responsibility for us at the same time to continue our mission of securing everyone's digital life by building open and secure hardware.

Crypto Stick

Crypto Stick from ca. 2009

Now looking ahead, exciting times are coming. Let's have a look at our roadmap for 2020 and beyond. Here's what you can expect:

  • Nitrokey FIDO2 device with NFC and USB-C interfaces
  • Merging FIDO2 capabilities with those of Nitrokey Start (OpenPGP Card), including a touch button
  • A 19" networked HSM server
  • Secure messaging service based on Matrix
  • Enabling the usage of Nitrokey's secure key store for in-browser web apps to enable strong encryption use cases
  • Physical data media destruction service (shredding)

Beyond the above, we have some more ideas on how to evolve our product portfolio, but we don't commit to any specific roadmap or release date yet:

  • Merging FIDO2 capabilities with those of Nitrokey Pro and Nitrokey Storage, including a touch button
  • A general-purpose secure server with Coreboot and Heads preinstalled, Measured Boot, deactivated Intel ME
  • Nitrokey with Bluetooth interface
  • Mini Nitrokey which fits into a USB-A port
  • Nitrokey Storage with higher performance

We'd like to thank you for supporting us on our mission to secure your digital life. If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, or other feedback, please let us know. We're happy to have you as a community with us!

Have a great 2020!



Happy birthday! May all your (encrypted) wishes come true.
Didn't find information about Nitrokey Storage 2 changes in Roadmap for 2020?
We have an improvement of Nitrokey Storage in the roadmap but not in 2020 because it's a large task which we may not realize this year. Please stay tuned.
Happy Birthday Nitrokey!! Live long and prosper.
Are there plans for a pro key with fido2? You mentioned something in the comments of this post:
Absolutely. This point got lost in the post. Now just updated.
Congrats to your 5 yrs ! Your roadmap for 2020 already looks like a big challenge ! Nevertheless I would like to add one idea: I am looking for a single HW key that could support multiple personalities - a mixture like the Pro v2 and HSM v2, where I could use a set of 3 RCA keys (A, S, En) for one email personality, but multiple sets in the same key for multiple email/nick names/ ID's And of course I am looking forward to more How-to's :D
Wie sieht es mit der Unterstützung von OpenGPG Smart Card 3.4 in Zukunft aus?
Ja, Nitrokeys mit der OpenPGP Card 3.4 werden wir in den nächsten Monaten anbieten. Welches Feature der 3.4 genau interessiert Dich?
Wenn ich die Specs richtig verstanden habe, bringt OpenGPG SC 3.4 Unterstützung für ECC Keys, da bisher nur RSA ging?
Nein. ECC wird seit OpenPGP Card 3.0 unterstützt.
"Zusammenbringen der FIDO2-Fähigkeiten mit denen des Nitrokey Pro und Nitrokey Storage, inklusive Touchbutton" Top! Da warte ich schon drauf. Pro 3? Gibt es schon einen Zeithorizont wann das soweit ist?
Gibt's noch nicht.
Hi, hope you all are doing well during the current crisis! Is your roadmap affected by the current Covid-19 outbreak? Are there any release dates (especially for the FIDO2 NFC capability) yet? Would love to buy a Nitrokey (or two) ASAP - for use with PC (Linux/Win) and smartphones (Android) altogether. Thank you very much!
Hi, schon mal darüber nachgedacht wie lange es dauert bei einem Polymorphen Cipher die Packages-Sizes zu bestimmen, befor man mit dem Hacking angfangen kann? Ist es denkbar das neue Produkte auch PMC nutzen? Cheers
Wie schaut es mit einer USB-C-Version aus?
Just curiosity: is there any hardware question that explains why the Nitrokey Pro does not perform FIDO2, or is it mostly software porting etc?
Essentially the answer is simply "because it takes effort and time". There are hardware constrains of our current hardware which would need to be address as well as significant software development. It's work in progress but also a multi-step journey.
Hello. Can you approximate the E.T.A. of NFC and USB-C interfaces for Nitrokey FIDO2? Have a nice day, and thank you for your hard work!
Hallo. Sind eure Pläne gestört durch dei Corona oder bleibt beim Alten? Mich interessiert Starter mit FIDO Stick. Ist dieser in den nächsten 6Monaten zu erwarten? Danke
Ist die Hardware beim Starter und Fido2 gleich? Kann man erwarten, es beim Starter einfach ein Update für Fido2 Unterstützung geben wird? Oder komplett was neues?
Die Hardware ist komplett unterschiedlich.
Corona hat uns in der Tat tangiert aber derzeit haben wir an der Planung noch nichts ändern müssen.
I really would like to have seen a modern and secure XMPP service from you. Can you please explain why you finally decided to choose for Matrix in the end? Thanks!
We were using XMPP for many years. In theory I like it a lot but in practice it still has some major shortcomings which were the reason to go with Matrix: No reliable e2e encryption especially with multi devices, no reliable voice and video option, no reliable file transfer.
What a pitty. In theory Matrix should solve that and more problems. In practice XMPP works better for me... but still good for everyone who likes Matrix.
What about OpenPGP Curve25519 support for the non-start devices?
Waiting for a new smart card chip which supports this curve. Nothing we could implement without chip support.
Hallo, erwarten Sie eine Lieferung oder warten Sie auf eine Entwicklung?
Es geht um eine neue Entwicklung.
Gibt es aktuelle Infos wann ein FIDO2 Nitrokey mit NFC- and USB-C-Schnittstelle erwartet wird?
Wie siehts mit einem Nitrokey Pro mit Fido2 Support aus?
Ist quasi in Arbeit, wobei es zuvor eine FIDO2 Version ohne physische OpenPGP Card geben wird.
Guten Morgen! Ich hätte Interesse an einem Nitrokey mit den Pro oder sogar Storage Features sowie NFC- und USB-C-Schnittstelle, ist mit einem solchen Produkt in absehbarer Zeit zu rechnen? Vielen Dank im Voraus
Pro, mit NFC- und USB-C-Schnittstellen wird auf den FIDO2 mit NFC und USB-C folgen. Ein Lieferdatum haben wir noch nicht.
Auch wenn es schon oft gefragt wurde und stets unbeantwortet blieb: ;-) Könnt ihr zumindest ein ungefähres Datum/Quartal für die Verfügbarkeit des FIDO2 mit NFC/USB-C nennen? (Man sitzt auf heißen Kohlen und hält die Spannung kaum mehr aus. :-) )
Nochmal ein kleiner Pusher für die sehnlichst wartende Kundschaft.
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