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BIO-Key updates PortalGuard IDaaS with enhanced biometric authentication features

Enhanced adaptive authentication, analytics, and more

BIO-Key has updated its PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform with new features to improve the solution’s flexibility and user experience, as well as its WEB-Key biometric solution.

The update comes amidst an increase in social engineering attacks last year, caused by the sharp rise of the worldwide remote workforce due to the pandemic.

According to data collected by Microsoft in June 2020, phishing attacks in the UK had escalated from 20,000 to 30,000 per day in the U.S. alone.

The introduction of PortalGuard IDaaS in December was aimed to counter this phenomenon, and more generally increase the safety and security of online operations through biometrics and other strong authentication methods.

Now BIO-Key is updating its IDaaS platform further to expand on its previous efforts in providing secure access to applications.

The solution’s new version includes a series of improvements, among which the introduction of PortalGuard Contextual Authentication v2.0, a feature providing users with adaptive authentication capabilities.

Following the update, the IDaaS platform will now provide improved risk-balancing controls, allowing the automatic evaluation of each login request, trend identification, and flagging of unexpected requests based on IP addresses, geolocation, and prior browser usage.

The new version of BIO-Key also supports Single Sign-On (SSO) compatibility for secure remote work access, as well as Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) integration.

Moreover, while PortalGuard already supported FIDO2 tokens before the update, the new version includes the FIDO2 specification that supports a “passwordless” mode compatible with BIO-Key’s biometric authentication.

The platform’s Administrator Dashboard has also been enhanced to provide more comprehensive automated reports on user data activity.

In addition to the PortalGuard update, BIO-Key also released the 4.0.931 version of its fingerprint biometric WEB-Key, introducing reduced installation times.

The new updates follow the deployment of the PortalGuard IDaaS platform by Southeastern Illinois College last week.

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