Research4Life Chooses PortSys’ Total Access Control to Ensure Critical Access and Authentication

Published: Tuesday 4th October 2016
Category: News, Press Releases

PortSys announces adoption of its Total Access Control product by the Research4Life partnership to replace end-of-life Microsoft authentication system.

Marlborough, Mass. October 4, 2016 – Research4Life and PortSys today announced the adoption of Total Access Control (TAC) to provide secure access to Research4Life’s nearly 70,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and databases for researchers, health care providers and policymakers in low and middle income countries. The Research4Life partnership aims to bridge the digital research divide between the global North and South, providing access to over 8000 institutions in over a hundred countries.

“Research4Life is excited to embark on the next evolution of the partnership’s core technology. The migration to Total Access Control will ensure the continued support of Research4Life’s primary goal – to provide affordable access to critical scientific research for users from eligible institutions in the developing world,” said Daniel Dollar, Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, and Director of Collection Development, Yale University Library. “Research4Life looks forward to exploring the capabilities of Total Access Control to dramatically simplify secure access and provide a seamless user experience.”

“This is such an important initiative that the people at Research4Life, as well as over 200 publishers, have undertaken,” stated PortSys CEO, Michael Oldham, “The task of being able to provide users in developing countries with access to invaluable research materials, health journals, agricultural information and so much more is an enormous enterprise by an amazing team of people from all over the world. PortSys is honored to have Total Access Control selected to assist in this effort. We believe it offers an all-inclusive solution which will make security issues simpler, stronger and more unified.”

Total Access Control brings together multiple technologies like VPN, SSL/VPN, Single Sign On, Portal Access, Multifactor Authentication, MDM (Mobile Device Management), Application Firewall, Application Acceleration and Cloud Access Control into a single, scalable product that manages access across the entire enterprise. Oldham continued, “If a security product makes life more difficult for the end user, you’ve already lost. Just walk around your office and see how many yellow stickies you have on monitors with usernames and passwords on them! That’s not security, that’s an open invitation. Total Access Control makes life easier for the end user while significantly strengthening security across the organization.”


About PortSys

PortSys, Inc., ( founded in 2008, is a privately funded company focusing on information security and access control. PortSys currently has customers worldwide representing some of the world’s largest financial institutions, government ministries, defense departments, utilities, healthcare organizations and industry-leading enterprises. With headquarters in Marlborough, MA, USA, PortSys also serves customers from its offices in the UK and through distributors throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

About Research4Life

Research4Life ( is a public-private partnership between over 200 international scientific publishers, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), Cornell and Yale Universities and several technology partners. The goal of Research4Life is to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries by providing affordable access to critical scientific research. Since 2002, the four programmes – Research for Health (Hinari), Research in Agriculture (AGORA), Research in the Environment (OARE) and Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) – have provided researchers at some 8000 institutions in more than 100 low- and middle-income countries with free or low-cost online access to more than 70,000 leading journals and books in the fields of health, agriculture, environment, and applied sciences.

Media Contacts:

Research4Life Communications Coordinator
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Kristin Canders
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