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BIO-key Partners with Ethnos IT Solutions, Expanding the Reach of its Identity and Access Management Solutions Across Africa
[March 28, 2023]

BIO-key Partners with Ethnos IT Solutions, Expanding the Reach of its Identity and Access Management Solutions Across Africa

WALL, N.J. and LAGOS, Nigeria, March 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BIO-key International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKYI), an innovative provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB), today announced a strategic partnership with Ethnos IT Solutions to bring innovative IAM solutions to customers across Africa who are looking to enhance their cybersecurity with improved access security and seamless user experiences.

Ethnos is Africa’s leading cybersecurity and compliance management company. As a Value-Added Reseller, they provide Information Security, Risk Management, Cybersecurity and Compliance Management solutions to small and mid-sized enterprises, corporations, and government institutions across Africa, with a focus on the Banking, Fintech, Telecom, Education, and Oil and Gas sectors. The partnership with Ethnos further strengthens the international presence of BIO-key’s IAM and Identity-Bound Biometric solutions.

Ethnos joins BIO-key’s global Channel Alliance Partner (CAP) program which makes it easy for partners to develop new recurring revenue streams via BIO-key’s full line of solutions, including its award-winning PortalGuard® platform. PortalGuard supports multi-factor authentication with unique IBB methods, single sign-on, and self-service password reset, along with hardware solutions, such as fingerprint scanners and FIDO-key® security keys. BIO-key solutions provide customers with unparalleled flexibility in securing all their access management needs and use cases.

"We are very excited to partner with BIO-key. As renowned Cybersecurity experts and a leading Value-Added Reseller, this collaboration expands our capabilities and market reach and reinforces our commitment to delivering innovative solutions to our customers," said Peter Ejiofor, CEO of Ethnos.

"With this partnership we look forward to expanding our international channel program," said José Francês, VP of Sales for Africa, Europe, and Brazil at BIO-key. "With Ethnos we have the ability to provide our unique IAM and Identity-Bound Biometrics solutions to their customers across Africa, leveraging their reputation as a trsted VAR and respected leader in the cybersecurity market."

About BIO-key International, Inc. (
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.

About Ethnos IT Solutions (
Ethnos IT Solutions has over a decade of experience helping businesses across Africa to prepare, eliminate, manage and respond swiftly to cyber-attacks. The Company help organizations to guard their assets against cyber-attacks by providing custom solutions that help customers deliver top-value to their stakeholders by protecting assets and enhancing their business performance through Security Engineering, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Managed Security Services, and Trainings.

BIO-key Safe Harbor Statement
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