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BIO-key Unveils PortalGuard® Feature Enhancements Including Support for MacOS Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Enterprise

PortalGuard adds core capabilities, innovating secure access across diverse and difficult use cases

WALL, N.J., May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Identity-Bound Biometric (IBB) solutions, today announced a significant product feature update to its PortalGuard® Desktop, which secures initial desktop authentication as part of BIO-key’s PortalGuard® suite of IAM products. The new release now supports MacOS sign-in to enterprise Active Directory and other LDAP environments. Prior versions of PortalGuard Desktop supported Windows sign-on only. Now, organizations of all sizes and industries can secure server and desktop logins for MacOS users, bringing many executive and creative workforce users into MFA compliance.

“Many products from competitors cannot enforce MFA when unlocking their Mac users’ devices. This becomes a major security and productivity issue if company policy requires users to fully log out of their MacOS whenever they leave their workstation,” said Gregg Browinski, VP of Engineering, BIO-key – PortalGuard. “With more and more companies seeing significant segments of their user population using Macs as their primary workstation, it’s critical that the proper security protocols are implemented across all devices and operating systems. I believe this latest enhancement to PortalGuard Desktop will allow businesses to tackle some key use cases previously too difficult to manage.”

This recent update to offer MacOS functionality builds on PortalGuard Desktop’s original core capabilities:

  1. Desktop Self-service and Enrollment capabilities to reduce downtime and helpdesk calls by allowing users to manage their account preferences, privacy controls, and self-enrollment where allowed.
  2. Desktop Multi-factor Authentication at the operating system level bolsters security and protects sensitive device-resident data and shared resource access.

BIO-key believes the core capabilities of PortalGuard Desktop allow any organization to overcome challenges commonly presented in typical business use cases, including:

  • Shared or Local Workstations: employing roving users on shared workstations or desktops is an operational business mandate across many industries. PortalGuard Desktop provides true MFA when unlocking the device, offering the security and flexibility to keep your organization protected and productive.
  • IT Access to Servers & Infrastructure: protecting access to the back-end servers that power an organization’s operations have long been required for IT teams. PortalGuard Desktop can be easily installed on Windows servers to enforce this MFA requirement for console-based access through hypervisors and remote access through RDP or third-party Privileged Access Management solutions.
  • Remote Users: many of today’s potential points of attack have fewer cybersecurity protections than traditional office buildings, and businesses must have the proper protocols when employees require remote access. PortalGuard Desktop allows organizations to enforce flexible, secure MFA for users and admins working remotely.
  • Cyber Insurance: with more users using Macs as their primary workstations, it’s critical to ensure that your MFA requirements – including those around security controls and internal processes around cyber risk – are fulfilled for all users across the entire organization. PortalGuard Desktop brings powerful, flexible Multi-factor Authentication to all employees, regardless of their device.

With the ability to secure logins from both desktops and servers with flexible MFA options, including Identity-Bound Biometrics, and self-service password reset, BIO-key is confident that its latest offering sets it apart from competitors’ IAM solutions in several ways:

  • PortalGuard supports Identity Bound Biometric authentication options that allow identities to be secured to the person, not simply a token or their phone.
  • While many other solutions are cloud-only, PortalGuard Desktop works with both on-premises and cloud or IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service) deployments of PortalGuard;
  • PortalGuard Desktop enforces MFA when unlocking the Mac device – a function many alternative IAM vendors do not support; and
  • The greatest number of authentication options and factors makes PortalGuard Desktop the most flexible security product of this type.

To learn more about the latest enhancements to PortalGuard Desktop, please visit the official BIO-key website.

About BIO-key International, Inc. (www.BIO-key.com)
BIO-key is revolutionizing authentication and cybersecurity with biometric-centric, multi-factor identity and access management (IAM) software managing millions of users. Its cloud-based PortalGuard IAM solution provides cost-effective, easy-to-deploy, convenient, and secure access to devices, information, applications, and high-value transactions. BIO-key's patented software and hardware solutions, with industry-leading Identity-Bound Biometric (IBB) capabilities, enable large-scale Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, as well as customized on-premises solutions.

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