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BIO-key IDaaS platform expands commercial and government reach with NGEN partnership

Increasing the reach of digital ID management solutions

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Identity verification technologies firm BIO-key International has announced a new identity and access management (IAM) partnership with managed service provider NGEN.

As part of the collaboration, NGEN will now start delivering BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) cloud solution for multi-factor authentication (MFA) to commercial and government customers.

The partnership has already reportedly resulted in a new digital identity customer for BIO-key via the  Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) contract vehicle.

“NGEN is the latest success in building out our Channel Alliance Partner Program (CAPP). They are an impressive organization and hit the ground running,” explained Mark Cochran, President of BIO-key. “We are actively onboarding new technology, reseller, and managed service partners across North America and abroad to CAPP, based on the growing need for cloud-hosted IAM solutions, and we expect accelerated growth in the program this year.”

NGEN’s higher education customer supports more than 14,000 users and aims at improving the security of online user experience across the institution by implementing advanced digital identity and access management practices.

“Identity Management is a strategic project for our customer this year,” commented Terry Speigner, president and CEO at NGEN. “At many higher education institutions, it becomes more challenging to maintain a strong IAM program as the complexity of the organization grows, especially when an organization adds more cloud-based applications.”

These applications may include biometric and multi-factor authentication solutions, which can often be difficult to develop and implement for small-enterprise security teams.

Now, the partnership with BIO-key will help NGEN to improve its security offering through PortalGuard’s advanced digital ID features, according to the announcement.

“PortalGuard IDaaS is a flexible IAM solution that puts you back in control and allows our customers to easily deploy robust enterprise security with scalability and redundancy built-in to improve their overall security posture,” Speigner concluded.

NGEN also works towards the improvement of the online student experience, in particular, by providing Single Sign-On (SSO) capabilities to critical applications.

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