BIO-key’s PortalGuard portfolio continues to grow at an astonishing rate. The company acquired PortalGuard when it acquired its developer for $2.5 million at the beginning of July, and has since picked up several new customers in the academic realm, including Arcadia University and the North Orange County Community College District.
The company’s latest clients are similarly drawn from the education industry. BIO-key has announced that Santa Rosa Junior College, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the University of Guam are all adopting the PortalGuard solution, though it acknowledged that the latter two deals predate the acquisition of PortalGuard developer PistolStar.
PortalGuard is designed to simplify login procedures, consolidating multiple digital channels under a single authentication umbrella. Santa Rosa will be using the platform to implement two-factor authentication and single sign-on capabilities across its digital ecosystem, and plans to supplement PortalGuard’s biometric features with YubiKey hardware tokens.
Wesley and the University of Guam will also be taking advantage of the platform’s single sign-on utility to streamline their authentication procedures. Both institutions contracted to use PortalGuard in March, and are already using it to automate their password reset processes and reduce the demands on their IT departments.
“Addressing new cybersecurity challenges while improving the end-user access experience is a top priority for most higher education institutions in 2020,” said PortalGuard President Mark Cochran. “PortalGuard’s enterprise solution is uniquely positioned to provide flexible security solutions for higher education that offers significant IAM improvements and lasting value.”
In other news, BIO-key recently agreed to provide secure multi-factor authentication technology to protect the voter registration database of an unspecified state on the west coast in the U.S. The company has previously provided similar services for multiple county election boards in Florida, and is reportedly in talks with several other states ahead of the upcoming U.S. election.
July 20, 2020 – by Eric Weiss