BIO-key's PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) Platform Expands its Footprint in Higher Education to 30 IDaaS Customers with Addition of Illinois' North Central College

Wall Township, New Jersey, UNITED STATES


WALL, N.J., Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB), today announced that North Central College in Naperville, IL, has selected its PortalGuard IDaaS platform to secure access to critical enterprise applications, enhance its online user experience, and reduce IT resource-related expenses. BIO-key continues to expand its national footprint in higher education with over 200 higher education institutions, including 30 IDaaS customers across 12 states, supporting over 2.5 million students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni with cloud-based solutions.

PortalGuard IDaaS will significantly improve user access by providing secure multi-factor authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO) to campus-wide applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Blackboard, and Ellucian Colleague, among others, while replacing expensive competitive solutions that are challenging to manage and support. By leveraging PortalGuard's robust self-service password reset capabilities, North Central College can solve a significant IT pain point and essentially eliminate related help desk costs providing an immediate return on investment. Deployments of PortalGuard IDaaS continue to gain momentum across multiple industries, including education, healthcare, finance, and government, by cost-effectively addressing today's cyber threats and enabling the migration of on-premise IAM solutions to the cloud.

"Higher Education has become an attractive target for cyberattacks, so institutions are seeking highly secure, scalable, and redundant IAM solutions to safeguard both student and institutional data and resources," said Mark Cochran, President of BIO-key – PortalGuard. "The BIO-key security team, with our comprehensive suite of IAM solutions, is uniquely positioned to assist higher-ed institutions with enhancing their information security plans and effectively addressing the challenging risks to institutional security and privacy."

About BIO-key International, Inc. (www.BIO-key.com)
BIO-key has over two decades of expertise in providing authentication technology for thousands of organizations and millions of users and is revolutionizing authentication with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) solutions, including its PortalGuard IAM solution, that provides convenient and secure access to devices, information, applications, and high-value transactions. BIO-key's patented software and hardware solutions, with industry-leading biometric capabilities, enable large-scale on-premises and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, as well as customized enterprise solutions.

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