Fingerprint solutions firm BIO-key International has been selected by a global firearms manufacturer and Department of Defense (DoD) contractor to deliver a secure access solution for workstations and kiosks in their manufacturing facilities.In a statement, the company noted that such organisations operating in highly regulated industries, are required to meet NIST SP800-171 multi-factor compliance guidelines for accessing unclassified government documents and applications online.The compliance guidelines impact all government contractors and subcontractors with an implementation deadline of December 31, 2017. BIO-key's biometric authentication solutions meet these requirements.BIO-key said its ID Director for Windows and PIV-PRO, a FIPS 140-2 certified fingerprint reader, enable this customer to deploy multi-factor biometric authentication to increase online security while delivering the ease and convenience of one-touch authentication.”Government and other highly regulated industries are finding fingerprint biometric authentication to be the least invasive and most cost effective way to address the NIST SP800-171 multi-factor requirement,” stated Barbara Rivera, COO, BIO-key. “Government and C-level IT executives are recognizing that smart cards are costly and hard to manage, tokens and PINs are disruptive and negatively impact workflow, and passwords have proven cumbersome and ineffective. Fingerprint authentication emerges as the fastest, most secure and most convenient option when organizations and individuals measure the performance and utilization preferences of various authentication methods.”