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How can I obtain a copy of the Fortior PIV-I Subscriber Agreement?

Please contact Customer Support to obtain a PDF copy of the agreement.

What does interoperable mean?

Interoperable means that PIV-I cards will allow their holders to be trusted by and to access the Federal digital infrastructure known as the Federal Bridge. The PIV-I standard was designed so that non-federal issuers of identity credentials could produce an identity card that would work at the high-assurance and trust levels required for accessing federal systems secured with PIV identity systems. See also: High-assurance, Federal Bridge.

What is a Certificate Authority?

A Certificate Authority (CA) is an organization in charge of issuing certificates for users that have verified identities. They are the backbone of trust in the PKI system. If an organization trusts the CA, it is establishing trust for all of the users that hold certificates issued by that CA.

What is a digital certificate?

A digital certificate, in the context of PKI, is a digital document issued by a Certificate Authority that includes information about the user of the certificate, including information that can be used to uniquely identify that user. See also: PKI

What is a non-federal issuer?

A non-Federal issuer of PIV-I credentials is an organization, like Fortior Solutions, LLC, that follow rigorous processes to confirm identity and issue PIV-I credentials. Fortior Solutions processes conform to the government standards in NIST SP 800-63A and -63B.

What is a smart card?

A smart card is a credit card sized device that includes an integrated circuit and a chip. The chip allows both contact-based (insert chip) or contactless (tap card) use of the smart card data.

What is FIPS 201-2?

In support of HSPD-12, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) issued FIPS 201-2, the Personal Identity Verification standard. The standard establishes the high level of specification required for the credentials that would be used to fulfill HSPD-12. In addition, it specifies PIV-I, the interoperable credential that can be used by Federal contractors and issued by non-Federal organizations. See also: HSPD-12, PIV standard

What is high-assurance?

Government standards identify different levels of assurance that can be followed by organizations, like Fortior Solutions, LLC, that are issuing PIV-I credentials. The levels mandate certain procedures be followed that will subsequently lower risk and, correspondingly, increase the level of trust and assurance in the issued identification credentials. Fortior Solutions, LLC has established high-assurance processes in our technology without compromising cost or speed.

What is HSPD-12?

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) is the Presidential Directive that mandates a federal standard for an identity credential that is issued to both Federal Government employees and contractor employees alike. It is the basis for subsequent Federal government efforts to establish a unified digital identification standard.

What is multi-factor authentication?

The rise of high-profile hacking at some of the world's most important organizations have highlighted the need for a more robust digital security solution. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds multiple layers to access requirements so that unauthorized users cannot obtain access with passwords alone. The three main layers of MFA are:
  • Something you know - A pin, a password, or some other piece of information about yourself.
  • Something you have - A physical key such as a smart card or key fob.
  • Something you are - Biometrics such as a photo, fingerprints, or retinal scans.

What is PIV-I?

PIV-I stands for Personal Identity Verification - Interoperable. Unlike PIV, which is for Federal government organizations only, PIV-I is for non-Federal entities that require credentials trusted by the US Government. Fortior Solutions can equip your organization with PIV-I credentials more quickly and inexpensively, allowing your organization to complete needed work without delay. The Fortior Solutions PIV-I credential is an identity credential that meets government standards, digital certificates, and a secure Multi-Factor Authentication device in one smart card. See also: PIV standard.

What is PKI?

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is the cybersecurity framework that allows secure communications between two trusted parties. It can also enable encrypted communications. PKI manages the certificates and keys required to enable the trusted digital communication.

What is the Federal Bridge?

The Federal Bridge Certification Authority is the central mechanism that allows trust-based electronic transactions to take place across organizations and domains in the Federal government ecosystem. By allowing access to non-Federal certificate authorities, it enables Federal organizations to continue relying on the vendors and partners that deliver necessary products and services for their missions. See also: Certificate Authority

What is the PIV standard?

Outlined in FIPS 201-2, PIV is the government standard designed to produce a trusted platform for Federal government digital initiatives and to enable trusted transactions between organizations that are connected through the Federal Bridge, meeting Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). See also: FIPS 201-2

Why choose Fortior PIV-I?

Fortior PIV-I credentials are the highest assurance credentials available and also come enabled with the capability for digital signatures, encrypting sensitive data and sign-in with multi-factor authentication. Additionally, our streamlined processes allow our customers flexibility, options and speedy credential delivery. You can obtain your credential in days versus weeks.

How can I obtain a copy of the Fortior PIV-I Subscriber Agreement?

Please contact Customer Support to obtain a PDF copy of the agreement.

What does interoperable mean?

Interoperable means that PIV-I cards will allow their holders to be trusted by and to access the Federal digital infrastructure known as the Federal Bridge. The PIV-I standard was designed so that non-federal issuers of identity credentials could produce an identity card that would work at the high-assurance and trust levels required for accessing federal systems secured with PIV identity systems. See also: High-assurance, Federal Bridge.

What is a Certificate Authority?

A Certificate Authority (CA) is an organization in charge of issuing certificates for users that have verified identities. They are the backbone of trust in the PKI system. If an organization trusts the CA, it is establishing trust for all of the users that hold certificates issued by that CA.

What is a digital certificate?

A digital certificate, in the context of PKI, is a digital document issued by a Certificate Authority that includes information about the user of the certificate, including information that can be used to uniquely identify that user. See also: PKI

What is a non-federal issuer?

A non-Federal issuer of PIV-I credentials is an organization, like Fortior Solutions, LLC, that follow rigorous processes to confirm identity and issue PIV-I credentials. Fortior Solutions processes conform to the government standards in NIST SP 800-63A and -63B.

What is a smart card?

A smart card is a credit card sized device that includes an integrated circuit and a chip. The chip allows both contact-based (insert chip) or contactless (tap card) use of the smart card data.

What is FIPS 201-2?

In support of HSPD-12, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) issued FIPS 201-2, the Personal Identity Verification standard. The standard establishes the high level of specification required for the credentials that would be used to fulfill HSPD-12. In addition, it specifies PIV-I, the interoperable credential that can be used by Federal contractors and issued by non-Federal organizations. See also: HSPD-12, PIV standard

What is high-assurance?

Government standards identify different levels of assurance that can be followed by organizations, like Fortior Solutions, LLC, that are issuing PIV-I credentials. The levels mandate certain procedures be followed that will subsequently lower risk and, correspondingly, increase the level of trust and assurance in the issued identification credentials. Fortior Solutions, LLC has established high-assurance processes in our technology without compromising cost or speed.

What is HSPD-12?

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) is the Presidential Directive that mandates a federal standard for an identity credential that is issued to both Federal Government employees and contractor employees alike. It is the basis for subsequent Federal government efforts to establish a unified digital identification standard.

What is multi-factor authentication?

The rise of high-profile hacking at some of the world's most important organizations have highlighted the need for a more robust digital security solution. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds multiple layers to access requirements so that unauthorized users cannot obtain access with passwords alone. The three main layers of MFA are:
  • Something you know - A pin, a password, or some other piece of information about yourself.
  • Something you have - A physical key such as a smart card or key fob.
  • Something you are - Biometrics such as a photo, fingerprints, or retinal scans.

What is PIV-I?

PIV-I stands for Personal Identity Verification - Interoperable. Unlike PIV, which is for Federal government organizations only, PIV-I is for non-Federal entities that require credentials trusted by the US Government. Fortior Solutions can equip your organization with PIV-I credentials more quickly and inexpensively, allowing your organization to complete needed work without delay. The Fortior Solutions PIV-I credential is an identity credential that meets government standards, digital certificates, and a secure Multi-Factor Authentication device in one smart card. See also: PIV standard.

What is PKI?

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is the cybersecurity framework that allows secure communications between two trusted parties. It can also enable encrypted communications. PKI manages the certificates and keys required to enable the trusted digital communication.

What is the Federal Bridge?

The Federal Bridge Certification Authority is the central mechanism that allows trust-based electronic transactions to take place across organizations and domains in the Federal government ecosystem. By allowing access to non-Federal certificate authorities, it enables Federal organizations to continue relying on the vendors and partners that deliver necessary products and services for their missions. See also: Certificate Authority

What is the PIV standard?

Outlined in FIPS 201-2, PIV is the government standard designed to produce a trusted platform for Federal government digital initiatives and to enable trusted transactions between organizations that are connected through the Federal Bridge, meeting Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). See also: FIPS 201-2

Why choose Fortior PIV-I?

Fortior PIV-I credentials are the highest assurance credentials available and also come enabled with the capability for digital signatures, encrypting sensitive data and sign-in with multi-factor authentication. Additionally, our streamlined processes allow our customers flexibility, options and speedy credential delivery. You can obtain your credential in days versus weeks.