BIO-key fingerprint biometrics selected to protect election with secure access to U.S. state voter registry
The Election Office of a West Coast State has selected BIO-key to provide the biometric authentication solution to secure access to its centralized voter registration database.
BIO-key will provide its WEB-key core biometric software engine and its PIV-Pro FIPS-compliant fingerprint scanners, allowing the state to meet a requirement for multi-factor authentication (MFA).
The company says the deal builds on earlier deployments in Florida and election security projects being considered in other states.
“BIO-key is emerging as a preferred multifactor authentication solution provider for election offices,” stated Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO, BIO-key. “Every election office is concerned about security and maintaining the integrity of our election process. This state and county election board leaders have made a clear statement that election security is top priority, and by utilizing biometric authentication they are able to tie access to the individual not a credential. I applaud the way that the state’s IT team collaborated with our developers to create a customized solution to meet their security requirements. Moving ahead, we look forward to working with other states and counties to help them raise the bar on election security.”
The system is accessed by State and County election office workers and volunteers through a Citrix environment, and the state decided to implement multi-factor authentication to protect access to voter data and enhance security for the upcoming 2020 election. After evaluating the options, state officials determined biometrics would provide the strongest form of online security, and BIO-key’s technology will now be rolled out to the state office and all county offices in time for the election.
BIO-key announced the acquisition of PistolStar just weeks ago to give it a complete authentication software stack including support for deployment to various environments and and SSO platform.