Intelligent CIO North America Issue 03 | Page 42


Eastern Florida State College deploys BIO-key ’ s PortalGuard for access to enterprise applications

BIO-key International , an innovative

provider of IAM solutions powered by biometrics , has announced that Eastern Florida State College ( EFSC ) has selected BIO-key ’ s PortalGuard IAM solution to solve security and user experience challenges with authentication and portal management .
The IT team at EFSC , which has campuses in Cocoa , Melbourne , Palm Bay , Titusville and an aerospace program at the Kennedy Space Center , needed to replace its existing IAM solution that did not meet the school ’ s core security requirements . It selected BIO-key for both its extensive IAM security expertise and proven success in the education market .
EFSC required support for both its Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning system , as its source of authority , and for its two separate Active Directory domains for faculty / staff and for its 30,000 students . Some key user experience improvements were allowing users to reset expired Active Directory passwords and enabling seamless Single Sign- On ( SSO ) access to enterprise applications like Office 365 , Canvas and Salesforce .
Managing an IAM platform for an evolutionary landscape with an increased focus on distance learning presents secure access and workflow challenges for most higher education institutions .
BIO-key ’ s PortalGuard provides a complete suite of IAM capabilities that are configurable to address the specific requirements of each customer . PortalGuard also allows a school to brand its portal landing page with its logo , school colors and other unique design

BASED ON PROJECT SCOPE , PRODUCTION DEPLOYMENTS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS ONCE THE PROCUREMENT DECISION IS MADE . elements , providing users with the confidence that they are in a trusted environment .

“ IT departments in colleges and universities recognize just how costly inefficient access management can be to the institution ,” said Mark Cochran , President , PortalGuard . “ Beyond the obvious security vulnerabilities and impact to the user access experience , institutions are witnessing rising support costs as they struggle to manage the onslaught of on-going password reset requests .
“ Once the IT team understands how quickly PortalGuard addresses all these challenges in a cost-effective , branded and easy to use manner , it is usually just a matter of aligning resources to complete purchase and deployment . Based on project scope , production deployments can be accomplished in less than two weeks once the procurement decision is made .” •
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