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Use of BIO-key’s biometric MFA expands across US state to secure voter database access


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A U.S. West Coast State election office is expanding its deployment of BIO-key’s biometric multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology to provide statewide secure access to its voter registration database.

The partnership will see a broader implementation of a solution based on WEB-key, BIO-key’s core biometric software engine, together with its PIV-Pro FIPS compliant fingerprint scanners.

The move builds on a deployment in the state prior to the 2020 election, and will now enable the West Coast State election office’s team to expand the use of biometric authentication across all counties.

“BIO-key’s unique biometric multi-factor authentication solution has proven its value to state election offices,” said BIO-key Chairman and CEO Mike DePasquale. “It is clear that every election office is making security and maintaining the integrity of our election process a top priority. By utilizing biometric authentication, they can tie access to the individual, not a credential, thereby validating the user’s identity and not just their device during login. Given the current threat landscape and challenges facing our election system, we are uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in assisting other states and counties to strengthen their election security.”

Following the beginning of the new partnership, all State and County election office workers and volunteers will be able to access the centralized voter registration system via a Citrix environment featuring BIO-key’s biometric-based MFA technology.

Election boards in Florida have been using BIO-key biometrics since 2019.

BIO-key has been very active since the beginning of 2021, closing a number of business and state partnerships.

In January, a U.S. Justice department division deployed the company’s PortalGuard identity and access management system, followed by a collaboration with managed service provider NGEN and one with Southeastern Illinois College. More recently, BIO-key added ERP system security to PortalGuard through a partnership with Appsian.

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