BIO-key International, Inc., a provider of identity and access management (IAM) solutions powered by biometrics, today announced it has added Nairobi, Kenya-based Kristel Communication Ltd., a cybersecurity solutions provider to its BIO-key Channel Alliance Partner Programme. Kristel will sell BIO-key’s PortalGuard cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solution and its biometric hardware and software solutions to commercial enterprises and government accounts through its reseller network in Kenya and other East African countries.
Kristel is the country partner for Bitdefender, which runs on over 500 million systems worldwide, and is a distribution partner for Endpoint Protector, a data loss prevention solution for personal information and intellectual property. The latter has been recognised as a premier solution in Gartner’s latest Enterprise DLP Magic Quadrant.
“We are anxious to begin selling BIO-key’s PortalGuard IDaaS solution through our reseller network,” affirmed Ben Obinju, CEO of Kristel Communication. “Our experience with selling cloud-delivered security solutions will be critical as we introduce the PortalGuard platform to our customers. Our customers expect a reduced total cost of ownership by moving to a SaaS model of delivery since the overhead burden of hosting and maintaining the solution is no longer necessary. Many of our customers, such as those in financial services will also take advantage of the integrated biometric solutions that BIO-key offers.”
Michael DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of BIO-key International stated that “We are excited to welcome Kristel Communication to our Channel Alliance Partner Program and expand our footprint in Africa.” Integrated biometrics is also extremely important for many of Kristel’s target markets. With the experience selling cybersecurity solutions in East Africa, they have built a strong reseller network. PortalGuard IDaaS’s security, flexibility, ease of deployment and support for 15 different authentication factors allow customers across myriad industries to become secure “cloud-first” businesses while maintaining the highest levels of security.
PortalGuard IDaaS includes BIO-key’s NIST-certified device-or-server biometric authentication factors,
along with 14 other factor options for flexible authentication. As the demand for always-on cloud computing rises to an all-time high with the global shift to work-from-anywhere, PortalGuard IDaaS lets customers leverage existing authentication factors, accelerate deployments, cut costs and simplify operations instead of managing a mission-critical IAM solution on-premise.
IDaaS is expected to experience strong growth based on Gartner. The latter anticipates a 35 per cent global increase in mid-size and larger organisations using identity and access management capabilities delivered via SaaS to fulfil most of their identity needs. Gartner also predicts growth for biometric authentication given its lower deployment costs, better phishing resistance and user experience.