BIO-key International, an innovative provider of identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics, today announced its PortalGuard Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform has been selected as the winner of the “Identity Management Solution of the Year” award in the 2021 RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by RemoteTech Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that evaluates and recognizes standout technology companies, products, and services empowering remote work and distributed teams around the globe.PortalGuard IDaaS provides a hosted unified Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform that offers an unmatched variety of choices for workforce and customer multi-factor authentication (MFA), including exclusive Identity-Bound Biometrics, single sign-on (SSO), and self-service password reset to support an enterprise's present and future IAM strategies while delivering a superior user experience. For over 20 years, PortalGuard's on-premise solution has been trusted by customers across multiple industries, including education, healthcare, manufacturing, finance, and government. As a result of this strong track record and IDaaS' simplified deployment, PortalGuard IDaaS has experienced rapid growth from new and existing customers looking to improve their security posture and migrate their IAM strategy to the cloud.With PortalGuard IDaaS, customers can consolidate their IAM solutions, eliminate passwords, simplify access for users, and reduce overhead for the IT team. PortalGuard is the only cloud-based IAM solution with fully integrated Identity-Bound Biometrics™, including palm scanning using BIO-key's MobileAuth™ with PalmPositive™ mobile app, which offers the highest levels of identity integrity, availability, security, and accuracy for MFA and passwordless workflows. When securing remote access for employees, supply chain, and customers, positively identifying an individual with certainty during the authentication process is essential. With Identity Bound Biometrics, PortalGuard offers a different, more certain method of authentication that also eliminates the inconvenience, security risks, and costs of traditional authentication methods.Offering the broadest range of flexible MFA and SSO options, BIO-key PortalGuard supports 16+ authentication methods, major federation and SSO standards as well as contextual authentication, empowering the IT Administrator to decide which methods work best to support their security policies and access scenarios, and making it easy for customers to protect on-premises, legacy, thick client, and web applications from a single comprehensive Identity Provider (IdP).”Whether you're looking for passwordless workflows, support for your Zero Trust architecture, or just implementing MFA for the first time, PortalGuard can easily secure access for all users whether they are remote or on-premises,” said Michael DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of BIO-key International. “As the only IDaaS platform offering Identity Bound-Biometrics and the highest level of flexibility, customers choose PortalGuard for its ability to address all use cases and requirements of their IAM strategy. We are so thrilled and honored to be recognized by RemoteTech Breakthrough for all the thought and innovations we have put into PortalGuard over the past decade for our customers.”The mission of the annual RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards program is to conduct the industry's most comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the top technology companies, solutions, and products in the remote technology industry today. This year's program attracted more than 1,450 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.”The shift to remote work due to the pandemic and the hyper expansion of online services for customers has driven organizations to rethink how they secure remote access and modernize their IAM strategy,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards. “IAM is essential. BIO-key International's PortalGuard provides companies with the solutions they need to respond to an unrelenting threat landscape – especially over the past year. Congratulations for being our choice for the 'Identity Management Solution of the Year' award. Your work has never been more important.”