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BIO-key’s PortalGuard supports biometric multi-factor authentication for GSA


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BIO-key has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Government Services Agency (GSA) to provide flexible, secure and compliant two-factor authentication, including with biometrics, for its public-facing central communication application.

The Office of GSA Information Technology (OGIT) provides centralized procurement for the federal government via a publicly accessible electronic mailing list environment.

Following the beginning of the contract, OGIT will be using BIO-key’s PortalGuard IAM solution to enable two-factor authentication for users logging in to the Listserv web interface.

PortalGuard supports fifteen authentication methods, including finger and voice biometrics, the latter through a partnership with Voicelt Technologies, according to the PortalGuard website. SMS PINs, tokens, mobile authenticators, push authentication, and smart cards are also supported.

The tool allows companies to set up a customized branded portal, which gives users one set of login credentials. The login then allows access to all the apps integrated into the portal.

“We are honored to partner with the GSA to support their security initiative for this important public facing communication application,” states Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key. “Stringent security compliance requirements are mandatory for all government agencies because of the nature of the information and data that is entrusted to them. In this case, we enhanced their legacy Listserv application to provide secure, frictionless two-factor authentication with self-service capabilities for all end-users.”

PortalGuard has recently been deployed by a number of institutions and companies, including the Chaffey College in Southern California, the municipal government of Durham in North Carolina, and healthcare organization Partners in Health.

Financial details and length of the new BIO-key-OGIT contract have not yet been disclosed.

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