Governments Rev Up Cybersecurity with BIO-key


Governments Rev Up Cybersecurity with BIO-key

By Greg Tavarez

Businesses are not the only entities ransomware attacks target. Governments also face what feels like an endless storm of ransomware attacks targeting the public sector. One way to calm the storm is to enable secure access to devices, applications and transactions through identity and access management solutions.

BIO-key offers workforce and customer IAM solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics and, with the National Association of Counties and the New York State Association of Counties, educates county leaders on cybersecurity threats and baseline cyber defense strategies.

Because of its flexible MFA capabilities and integration with IBB, many county governments have selected BIO-key's PortalGuard IDaaS platform for improved data security and regulatory and insurance compliance. Most recently, six more county governments in Kansas, Virginia, New Mexico, South Dakota and New York have joined the BIO-key family.

PortalGuard reduces cyber risk by implementing consistent security policies across all systems, platforms, applications and devices to enforce stronger security, including multi-factor authentication powered with Identity-Bound Biometrics. With multiple authentication methods, users are enabled to access systems, regardless of where they are, what time it is and what devices they are, more easily.

Additionally, with the single, unified IAM solution, costs are reduced as siloed solutions are consolidated and the need to buy and maintain on-premises solutions is reduced or eliminated.

BIO-key's PIV-Pro fingerprint readers, the FIPS 201 compliant scanner for office users and BIO-key's MobileAuth application with PalmPositive biometric palm authentication for remote users provides counties flexible options that ensure a successful implementation of advanced security capabilities.

“County governments across the U.S. are seeking flexible and cost-effective approaches to implementing highly-scalable and redundant IAM solutions,” said Mark Cochran, president of BIO-key – PortalGuard. “We assist county governments in delivering successful security solutions to prevent cyberattacks and better protect citizens, businesses and critical infrastructure.”

Incorporating a convenient and affordable platform similar to what BIO-key offers ensures that only authorized users have access to county systems and data.

Edited by Erik Linask

MSPToday Editor

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