The growing number of cyber threats puts the public sector under constant pressure to ensure the security of sensitive data. Their data is attractive to hackers because it links vast amounts of information about citizens and other organizations through various platforms. Public sector information systems are also strained by rapid growth and the challenges of complex hybrid on-premises and cloud access, even as agencies face budgetary constraints.
As a result, the public sector is pushed to adopt BIO-key IAM solutions that support zero trust initiatives to protect critical data and information technology infrastructure and prevent cyber incidents.
The city of Brawley, California is the next public sector to take this initiative, as it selected BIO-key and its PortalGuard IDaaS platform for improved security for web application and workstation access.
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). Multiple authentication methods allow users to seamlessly access systems; regardless of where they are, what time it is, or what their specific devices are.
Additionally, costs are reduced as siloed solutions are consolidated and the need to buy and maintain on-premises infrastructure is reduced or eliminated.
BIO-key’s security consultants are engaged with the city of Brawley’s IT team to analyze its requirements and provide recommendations on how to apply the best authentication security methods to protect constituents, employees and data. The city’s core requirements focused on secure access to critical systems and data.
PortalGuard’s Desktop integration with Microsoft Windows also satisfied the city by enhancing workstation login security. Doing this enabled the city’s smart cards as the primary authentication method, as well as alternative authentication methods for improved flexibility and user experience.
“Most government agencies we work with have limited IT budgets yet face a growing set of needs. This pressure makes ROI a high priority for investments in enhanced security,” said Mark Cochran, President of BIO-key – PortalGuard. “The public sector often chooses PortalGuard IDaaS over competitive solutions because of our unique ability to offer a wide range of highly secure authentication options at an attractive cost.”
With PortalGuard, Brawley users are supported with secure authentication options and frictionless experiences in a zero trust cybersecurity environment.
Edited by Alex Passett