Another US county has turned to BIO-key to overhaul its identity and access management procedures. New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County will be deploying the PortalGuard IAM solution, as well as fingerprint readers for employees working in the office.
The arrangement is the result of a partnership between BIO-key and iT1. PortalGuard, meanwhile, is designed to help organizations streamline their access management procedures, with Single Sign-on capabilities that provide consolidated access to multiple applications. The platform can secure enterprise assets on-site and for people logging in remotely, with biometric authentication to help counties like Rio Arriba comply with cybersecurity insurance regulations.
In that regard, Rio Arriba will be installing BIO-key’s FIPS 201 PIV-Pro fingerprint scanners to enable fingerprint authentication for those using office workstations. Remote workers, on the other hand, will be asked to use BIO-key’s PalmPositive palm authentication option, which is offered through the company’s WEB-Key MobileAuth platform. In both cases, the biometric scan will allow the county to verify the identity of the person using the device, thereby providing a higher level of security than device verification alone.
“iT1 partnered with BIO-key to address our customers’ need for a flexible, cost-effective, and proven identity and access management solution,” said iT1 Partner Program Manager Zim Jackson.
“Our partnership with iT1 provides IAM solutions to County governments that are dealing with a cascade of ransomware attacks targeting the public sector,” added PortalGuard President Mark Cochran. “Rio Arriba represents the fifth new county government customer we’ve added from five different states, in the last two months. Our growing traction in this market is a direct reflection of the security, ease of deployment, and value our solutions provide.”
South Dakota’s Lawrence County, New York’s Herkimer County, and Missouri’s Audrain County are some of the other counties that have adopted PortalGuard in 2022. BIO-key’s recent success with county organizations can be attributed to its decision to bring the solution to the National Association of Counties Conference last July.
February 8, 2022 – by Eric Weiss