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BIO-key launches PortalGuard IDaaS with biometrics among 15 cloud authentication options

BIO-key launches PortalGuard IDaaS with biometrics among 15 cloud authentication options

BIO-key International has announced the launch of a cloud-based authentication solution, PortalGuard identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) with the company’s biometrics among 15 authentication options, for more flexible and secure identity and access management (IAM).

The innovation is expected to deliver greater value, security and scale to customers and partners, the company said in a statement.

Bio-key said the PortalGuard IDaaS includes its NIST-certified biometric technology for device or server-side matching, along with fourteen other options for flexible authentication.

The solution has already been deployed operationally, processing millions of authentication operations for customers so far.

The company further explained that because the phenomenon of work-from-anywhere is gaining ground, and with a rise in demand for always-on cloud computing, PortalGuard IDaaS allows customers to deploy their identity management solutions faster, at lower cost and with simpler operation than managing and hosting a mission-critical IAM solution on-premise. Gartner expects the use of cloud IAM solutions at midsize and larger global organizations to increase 35 percent, BIO-key notes.

The solution, the announcement stated, also enables organizations across all industries transition to secure “cloud first” businesses, while maintaining high levels of security through PortalGuard’s integration flexibility and support for a wide variety of authentication factors.

“We believe enterprises should have choices to secure identity the way they want, including leveraging a SaaS model for simplified deployment and operation of their IAM solutions. IAM technology needs to be flexible, available everywhere, and highly reliable, allowing customers to focus on their mission, while our PortalGuard IDaaS secures their access points. This launch demonstrates our continued investment in market-leading SaaS and biometric innovation to provide customers with greater security, value and flexibility when they need it the most,” said Michael DePasquale, CEO of BIO-key International.

BIO-key’s customers have hailed the new product, and are already weighing the possible advantages its adoption could have for their businesses, according to the announcement.

David Ayersman, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at New River Community and Technical College, said “…we’re expecting that the total cost of ownership offered by moving to PortalGuard IDaaS will eventually prove to be lower, since the burden of hosting and maintaining the solution is no longer on us…”

For Phillip Serio, IT Security Manager at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, it would be worthwhile to tray the SaaS delivery model given that they are long standing customer of Portal Guard.

“We continually evaluate our application stack to determine if it makes sense to transition to a cloud-based solution. With a majority of our SSO (Single Sign-on) apps now being cloud-based, moving our PortalGuard deployment to this new SaaS offering aligns with current initiatives that improve availability while also removing the management overhead from our internal teams to maintain the current on-premise architecture,” he said.

BIO-key noted that its PortalGuard IDaaS allows customers to select a deployment model that works with their security requirements and timelines, and supports nearly every cloud authentication federation standard, all major user directories, and a wide variety of authenticators, including the company’s own biometrics platform.

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