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BIO-key’s biometric authentication deployed by Eastern Florida State College


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Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) has chosen BIO-key’s biometrics-enabled PortalGuard IAM system to boost security, authentication and improve portal management, the company announced.

The system will be deployed for 30,000 students across five campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville. The institution also has an aerospace program at the Kennedy Space Center.

The PortalGuard IAM platform is replacing the college’s legacy IAM solution that no longer met security requirements. It supports multi-factor authentication with biometrics, hardware tokens, SMS or OTP, cards, passwords. EFSC needed support for the Ellucian Banner enterprise resource planning system and for its two separate Active Directory domains.

“IT departments in colleges and universities recognize just how costly inefficient access management can be to the institution,” Mark Cochran, President, PortalGuard, said in a prepared statement. “Beyond the obvious security vulnerabilities and impact to the user access experience, institutions are witnessing rising support costs as they struggle to manage the onslaught of ongoing password reset requests.

“Once the IT team understands how quickly PortalGuard addresses all these challenges in a cost-effective, branded, and easy to use manner, it is usually just a matter of aligning resources to complete purchase and deployment,” Cochran further added. “Based on project scope, production deployments can be accomplished in less than two weeks once the procurement decision is made.”

The PortalGuard IAM secure authentication platform has recently been chosen by multiple companies and organizations, including ICU Medical, the municipal government of Durham, North Carolina, defense and aerospace contractor Fore Aero, colleges in California and Pennsylvania, and other higher education institutions.

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