BIO-key is once again targeting the academic sector with another appearance at an EDUCAUSE event. The company showcased its wares at the flagship EDUCAUSE Conference last October, and will soon be doing it again at the EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The dedicated cybersecurity event is taking place in person from May 3-5. There will also be an online-only component that runs from May 11-12. BIO-key will be participating in both events, first with a vendor display at the live conference, and then with a session at the online event on May 12. In that session, BIO-key Product VP Kimberly Biddings will speak with the Associate VP and CIO of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), which was the victim of a ransomware attack back in 2020. The conversation will explain how GTCC was able to detect the attack, and the steps that it took in the aftermath to restore its operations.
“With heightened risk for cyberattacks on higher education organizations, it’s essential that they have effective cybersecurity measures in place, namely multi-factor authentication,” said Biddings. “After years of helping our customers implement traditional MFA, we’re looking forward to discussing how institutions can leverage Identity-Bound Biometrics to provide authentication options that won’t fall victim to common authentication hacks.”
BIO-key will be demoing its products throughout the event, with a particular focus on its PortalGuard and MobileAuth MFA solutions. PortalGuard is a comprehensive cloud and on-premises access management tool that allows students and staff to sign into multiple applications with a single login, while MobileAuth enables secure biometric authentication through a mobile app.
BIO-key itself is already working with more than 200 academic institutions. PortalGuard has proven to be particularly popular in the past few years, with North Central College and Grand Rapids Community College standing as some of BIO-key’s most recent clients.
May 3, 2022 – by Eric Weiss