Higher Education Institutions Place Security Trust with BIO-key


Higher Education Institutions Place Security Trust with BIO-key

By Greg Tavarez

Higher education institutions face security challenges that are driven by the need to protect, support and manage an expansive volume of digital assets constantly vulnerable to attack – not to mention a constantly changing user community of students, faculty and staff.

IT teams are tasked with protecting intellectual property, sensitive personal information and a wide range of academic and research pursuits. These teams also have to manage and support access to cloud-based applications. More than 200 colleges and universities trust BIO-key to keep their faculty, staff and students secure with affordable and reliable identity management solutions.

“Many colleges and universities may not have large budgets, so they are often reactive in their approach to finding the right cybersecurity solution,” said Mark Cochran, president of BIO-key – PortalGuard.

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith selected to move their current BIO-key on-premises deployment to the PortalGuard IDaaS cloud solution to address their cybersecurity requirements. This follows BIO-key’s announcement of a new admin user experience for PortalGuard to make it easier to implement more granular controls for Zero Trust, remote access and other access scenarios with intuitive workflows.

PortalGuard features include:

  • Single sign-on: Create a single point of access that integrates with multiple applications to eliminate the hassle of multiple password prompts.
  • Identity-Bound Biometric solutions: Add a layer of security without adding friction to the authentication process with fast accurate Identity-Bound Biometric authentication and support for over 40 fingerprint scanners.
  • Multi-factor and adaptive authentication: Choose from multiple authentication methods including Identity-Bound Biometrics, cards, keys, tokens, OTP, knowledge-based questions and sophisticated passwords.
  • Self-service password reset: Enables users to complete a seamless, uninterrupted workflow while reducing operational costs related to password resets for the IT team.
  • PortalGuard Desktop: PortalGuard Desktop can be used to secure the desktop login with flexible options for multi-factor authentication, Identity-Bound Biometrics and self-service password reset.

Additionally, the Long Beach Community College District in California purchased BIO-key branded hardware tokens to support multifactor authentication for a portion of their student user base.

With BIO-key’s cybersecurity solutions, higher education institutions are given robust security capabilities while saving on associated costs, said Cochran. This will allow institutions to decrease dependency on multiple vendors.

Edited by Erik Linask

MSPToday Editor

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