Another academic institution is using BIO-key’s PortalGuard IAM solution to simplify its access control operations. Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) operates several campuses in western Michigan, and cited PortalGuard’s scalability, versatility, and ease of use as primary factors in its decision.
In that regard, GRCC noted that PortalGuard is compliant with the relevant security standards, and can handle logins for a user base of more than 400,000 individuals. The solution offers a simple onboarding process for new users, and will allow faculty and staff to gain remote access to multiple applications with a single login once they have been registered.
PortalGuard is able to do that without compromising on security. The platform enables multi-factor authentication (including biometric authentication), and is robust enough to guard against brute force attacks. It also provides coverage for people accessing applications like PeopleSoft and Blackboard while they are not on campus. GRCC is using PortalGuard to replace its previous Single Sign-On (SSO) solution.
“Organizations require a comprehensive IAM solution that will reduce risk, accelerate digital transformation, and free up IT staff to focus on core business initiatives,” said BIO-key President Mark Cochran. “Our customers are utilizing PortalGuard to strengthen security by eliminating risky password management practices and applying advanced adaptive authentication technology to reduce vulnerabilities and attack surfaces.”
GRCC is now one of the many academic institutions that has turned to BIO-key for identity services. The company outfitted Oklahoma Wesleyan University with the PortalGuard platform in early November, and it has previously done the same for the University of Denver, Rio Hondo College, and Barstow Community College, amongst several others.
BIO-key also showcased PortalGuard at the EDUCASE 2021 Conference in October. That, coupled with the GRCC news, suggests that the educational sector will continue to be a key part of the company’s growth strategy as it looks to build on its recent PortalGuard success.
December 2, 2021 – by Eric Weiss