California colleges implement identity and access management from BIO-key

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BIO-key’s identity and access management system PortalGuard has been chosen by North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) in California to improve security and ensure a frictionless access experience, the company announced.

With the new partnership, the IAM and biometrics provider’s technology now supports for fifty colleges in the California Community College System. PortalGuard removes username and password reliance to access applications, and instead provides secure single sign-on (SSO) to a wide variety of services, including Banner 9, Canvas, Docusign, Thycotic Secret Server, Clockwork, and Luminis 5. IT help desk costs due to password resets were also reduced, according to the announcement.

PortalGuard was developed by PistolStar, which BIO-key acquired earlier this year.

“We’re are witnessing a clear trend amongst the schools and universities that we encounter,” said PortalGuard President Mark Cochran in a prepared statement. “IT teams in higher education are consistently challenged with efficiently managing access to enterprise applications for transient student user populations. PortalGuard can corral all of this access activity into a unified IAM platform that enables IT teams to streamline access while addressing new security threats. PortalGuard accelerates our customer’s ability to execute strategic initiatives and meet their digital transformation goals.”

BIO-key is also providing MFA, single sign-on and self-service password reset for nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

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