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Security is always at the forefront of everything we do. At Fortior Solutions, we know that our customers count on us to help strengthen their security. We take that trust…
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Security is always at the forefront of everything we do. At Fortior Solutions, we know that our customers count on us to help strengthen their security. We take that trust seriously, starting with our own systems. We implement numerous measures designed to ensure our systems remain secure, compliant and in a hardened state at all times. We continuously monitor our servers, hardware, software and security systems so that our customers have access to the most efficient and secure access control solutions available on the market. We are no stranger to meeting the most stringent information security requirements, including under the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) and its successor Risk Management Framework (RMF). We are poised for the next-generation Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) as the DoD finalizes the requirements. Following the highest information security practices is embedded in our culture. Our systems are designed and maintained with security in mind, which is why we have employees who are Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) on both our engineering and IT/cybersecurity teams. Fortior Solutions uses NIST SP 800-171r2 security controls for our Information System to maintain Federal government security compliance. We also follow the standards in FIPS 140-2 encryption technology guidelines. Our system has been evaluated several times by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ) and DoD for information security and data privacy considerations, and we have passed all audits. Our system’s servers are hosted in a SOC II certified co-location datacenter. The practices we follow, combined with our team’s subject matter expertise, allow us to be security stewards in the identity management and access control space for our customers. “Our company motto is to ‘Stay Secure’,” says Dave Byrum, Senior Director of Information Technology. “This starts and ends with the people, processes, tools, technology, and monitoring systems we have in place today.” We are proud of our commitment to security and the steps we have taken, and continue to take - to safeguard data, assets and people.

Fortior Solutions is Pleased to Announce Senior Vice President and Treasurer Promotions

Fortior Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce the promotions of Amber Bond and Vanessa Infante. These two women are longstanding members of the Fortior Solutions team and hold extremely important…
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Fortior Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce the promotions of Amber Bond and Vanessa Infante. These two women are longstanding members of the Fortior Solutions team and hold extremely important roles within our company. Amber Bond now serves as an officer of Fortior Solutions, LLC in the role of Senior Vice President.  She also has joined the company’s Board of Managers. Amber has been with Fortior Solutions for nearly 15 years.  During that time, she has been responsible for business development and leading our world-class account management and customer service organizations. Ms. Bond has significant experience in business development, program development, account management and contract management. She is a subject matter expert when it comes to our programs and has helped successfully drive our company through many strategic business opportunities. Ms. Bond has implemented our Access Control solutions at more than 150 secure facilities throughout the United States and its territories in the defense, government and critical infrastructure markets. Vanessa Infante has been promoted to Assistant Controller and Treasurer of Fortior Solutions, LLC. In addition to her formal education, she has many years of experience in finance. Ms. Infante has served Fortior Solutions more than 10 years in several positions in our customer service and finance/accounting teams. She has risen through the ranks due to her exceptional work performance and comprehensive understanding of our company. Please join us in congratulating and supporting Amber Bond and Vanessa Infante.  We look forward to their continued accomplishments as they take on these new extremely important roles and responsibilities.

Fortior Solutions’ Vetting Team Hits a Major Milestone

Fortior Solutions, LLC, the leader in identity and access control solutions, reached another significant milestone. The company surpassed 5,500,000 NCIC/III checks and third party commercial background screenings through their access…
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Fortior Solutions, LLC, the leader in identity and access control solutions, reached another significant milestone. The company surpassed 5,500,000 NCIC/III checks and third party commercial background screenings through their access control solutions. Fortior Solutions has unparalleled vetting expertise. The company utilizes best in class commercial background screening providers to conduct commercial checks.  The company is approved to process NCIC/III checks on behalf of the U.S. military through the U.S. Department of Justice. Fortior Solutions provides vetting solutions to some of the most security conscious organizations in the world including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and critical infrastructure. Over the past nearly 20 years, Fortior Solutions has identified 54,000 individuals who did not meet customer vetting criteria. The company also has identified and prevented three individuals on the government’s Known or Appropriately Suspected Terrorists (KST) file from accessing secure military locations. Individuals listed on the KST file have been arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime related to terrorism, or have been identified or suspected by the government as a terrorist or a member of a terrorist organization. Fortior Solutions provides its customers with many security-focused vetting options including  NCIC/III/Nlets checks, commercial criminal history background screenings, and DHS Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard Personnel Surety Program checks. Fortior Solutions employs DOJ-trained and certified NCIC terminal operators and trainers to process NCIC/III /Nlets queries on behalf of authorized recipients with approval from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The company and their commercial background screening providers quality checks 100% of the NCIC/III/Nlets checks and commercial background screens. The company maintains key relationships with more than 8,000 state and local law enforcement agencies, enabling the company to quickly research and confirm findings to ensure completeness and accuracy of the searched data. Individuals are provided redress options in the event of adverse findings. Fortior Solutions is an Nlets Strategic Partner. This allows the company to conduct Nlets queries (e.g., state information, DMV records, and sex offender information). The Nlets partnership enables Fortior Solutions to partner and work with the U.S. states, territories, federal agencies, and other strategic partners to serve and protect the company’s customers. Not all of Fortior Solutions’ customers qualify for NCIC/III/Nlets vetting. In those cases, the company offers vetting by best in class commercial background screening providers who partner with the company to conduct commercial criminal history background screenings. Fortior Solutions follows rigorous practices in selecting its providers and conducts audits on each provider to ensure performance metrics are being satisfied.

A Spotlight on Strong Women Leaders Empowering Family Preparedness

Fortior Solutions is honored and proud to have esteemed board members and experienced employees representing our company. This month we’re spotlighting one of our board members, Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, and…
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Fortior Solutions is honored and proud to have esteemed board members and experienced employees representing our company. This month we’re spotlighting one of our board members, Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, and a member of our company’s senior management team, Erin Hang. Both women provide critical support and expertise in helping organizations be more secure, prepared, and effective. Both are mission-driven and it is no surprise that they each volunteer their time and experience to help educate, engage, and empower families to increase their preparedness as well. Dr. Kathleen Kiernan is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement, previously serving as Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Dr. Kiernan is a recognized expert in strategic thinking, strategy development, and facilitating critical incident management exercises for senior leaders across government and private sector organizations. Her credentials include Chair of InfraGard, now Emeritus; member of the Army Science Board, where she led a panel exploring the transition of law enforcement training and technology to the warfighter; member of the Air Force Strategic Studies Board; former Chair of the Domestic Intelligence Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA); graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute (Class 26) and Advisory Board member for the Center of Advanced Red Teaming (CART), University at Albany,(SUNY), and the Washington, D.C. Police Foundation. She has received numerous national awards including the Women of Influence-Public Sector award and the American Security Today Platinum Award for Best Educational Program in Homeland Security each year from 2017-2020. Dr. Kiernan is the founder of the magazine Parents with Preparedness. She recently published the third edition of the magazine, which features our very own Erin Hang and her family on the cover and contains an outstanding article by Erin on creating a family technology plan. Erin Hang is Senior Director, Vetting and Screening Services and Program Support for Fortior Solutions. Erin is the company’s resident expert in identity, vetting and screening services. She is a certified FBI Terminal Operator and Trainer with responsibility for managing the company’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) /Interstate Identification Index (III) operations, and she serves as the Program Manager for our Nlets Strategic Partnership and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) partnership. Erin also has extensive experience managing FBI Fingerprint Channeler operations for the company. Erin is Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) certified under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is an Authorized User of DHS Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information. Erin also serves on the advisory board of Parents with Preparedness. You can see this month’s magazine here, https://www.pwporg.org/pwp-magazine/. New publications are released quarterly.

World Class Support – Our Customer Support Team Doesn’t Miss a Beat, Even During the Pandemic

At Fortior Solutions, providing world class support isn’t just a saying, it’s what sets us apart from the competition and is a main contributor to our success. When customers do…
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At Fortior Solutions, providing world class support isn’t just a saying, it’s what sets us apart from the competition and is a main contributor to our success. When customers do business with us they are backed by committed, experienced subject matter experts. The numbers back this up - the average tenure of our employees is 8.5 years! Our customer support team has not missed a beat since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago.  Our team knows how to work under pressure and come up with solutions to address any challenge.  When news of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, within a matter of days we moved our entire customer support operations to a complete work remote posture.  Even under such constraints our service levels continued to meet and exceed expectations. We have been resilient and committed in supporting our customers throughout the pandemic.  Our RAPIDGate® and RAPID-RCx® programs have proven uniquely suited to the times.  Our customers are able to verify the identity of vendors, contractors, visitors and other individuals at entry points through our contactless identity verification technology, helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining security.  As committed partners, we have helped our customers communicate to vendor companies and individuals about site closures, new hours of site operations, modified access procedures, and extended credential pick up times to help everyone navigate the uncertainty of travel during these unprecedented times. Fortior Solutions understands how critical our services are to our customers, including during the pandemic.  Continuity of operations is a shared priority. Our decades of experience have enabled us to perfect our recipe for providing unmatched world class support during the pandemic.  The recipe is simple - remarkable, experienced employees dedicated to supporting our customers while focusing on the customer experience. Our amazing team members give us the ability to quickly and effectively support our customers no matter the environment. Our expertise allow us to be creative and forward thinking as we are continuously improving and evolving.  Past performance, continued excellence, and our world class customer support all demonstrate our role as an invaluable partner to our customers.            

Fortior Solutions Launches Next-Generation Handheld ID Scanner for Faster, Stronger Identity Management and Access Control at Security-Conscious Organizations

January 27, 2021 – Hillsboro, Ore.  Fortior Solutions announced the launch of a new handheld scanner that enables security personnel to more quickly and efficiently electronically scan and read the…
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January 27, 2021 – Hillsboro, Ore.  Fortior Solutions announced the launch of a new handheld scanner that enables security personnel to more quickly and efficiently electronically scan and read the IDs of individuals seeking access to military bases, critical infrastructure facilities and other secure locations. The Hillsboro based company is integrating the next-generation handheld scanner into the company’s enterprise vendor and visitor identity management solutions. Scan results are generated to security personnel (e.g., sentries, military police, and security guards) in less than two seconds for most IDs. Fortior Solutions conducted extensive technology research and evaluation before selecting its sixth generation handheld scanner.  The scanner, provisioned with the company’s proprietary software, is user friendly with intuitive and simple-to-read screens. The battery life has increased by several hours and scan speed times have dropped to less than two seconds for IDs including driver’s licenses, state IDs, TWICs, military IDs (CACs, retired and dependent credentials), passports, passport cards, and PIV-I/PIV. The increased scan speed enables security personnel to make informed access decisions faster than ever, which further reduces the time it takes for individuals and vehicles to get through access points. The new handheld scanner also offers the ability to electronically scan an MRZ barcode which is commonly used for passports and passport cards. An additional important enhancement is that the handheld scanner offers roaming capabilities so that security personnel can electronically verify individuals throughout a facility – not just at a single access control point. “Our company continuously evolves with technology so that we can offer our customers unsurpassed solutions,” said Jim Robell, president & CEO of Fortior Solutions. “Customer personnel who are entrusted with protecting secure access areas can use the most robust, advanced technology available on the market.” Fortior Solutions recently began rolling out the new handheld scanners to customers.  They have expressed enthusiasm for the fast scan times, long battery life, convenience and user-friendly updates, according to Cecilia Fresques, Sr. Account Manager of Fortior Solutions. About Fortior Solutions: Fortior Solutions is the market leader in high-assurance identity solutions used by the government and critical infrastructure. The company offers innovative technology programs for access control and pandemic and emergency response. Fortior Solutions provides end-to-end trusted identity programs offering full credential lifecycle management through the combination of registration, identity proofing, verification, background screening, credentialing and identity authentication for government, critical infrastructure, and individuals including contractors, vendors and other authorized personnel. Fortior Solutions is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon and has been delivering trusted identity solutions to customers since November, 2001. For further information please contact Amber Bond, Vice President, at abond@fortiorsolutions.com.

Local Technology Company Offers to Help Schools Reopen Through Embrace the Trace™ Program

Scan in/out program enables public health authority contact tracers to provide timely notification to parents, teachers and staff in the event of COVID-19 exposure   January 14, 2021 – Hillsboro,…
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Scan in/out program enables public health authority contact tracers to provide timely notification to parents, teachers and staff in the event of COVID-19 exposure   January 14, 2021 - Hillsboro, Ore.  A local technology company is ready to help Oregon’s K-12 schools safely reopen through an innovative digital contact tracing enablement program called Embrace the Trace™. Fortior Solutions launched its program in 2020 during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The patent pending program enables public health authority contact tracers to provide timely notification and information to individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with an infected person. With Oregon schools preparing to resume in-person instruction, the company says this is the optimal time for them to implement the Embrace the Trace program. Jim Robell, the company’s president and CEO, explained that the company will coordinate with schools to electronically assign a unique QR code to each student, teacher and staff member.  The QR code is scanned at entry, exit and other key school locations using the company’s proprietary Embrace the Trace™ app.  Individuals do not need a cell phone or other mobile device to use their QR code. If someone at the school is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is referred to a public health authority contact tracer, Fortior Solutions can provide the contact tracer with a program QR code scan activity report.  The report contains the dates, times and locations of the person’s scans as well as the scan data of the person’s potential “contacts” - other students, teachers and staff members who scanned in or out in the same timeframe and locations.  The contact tracer uses this digital information to notify potential contacts that they may have been exposed. Robell said individual confidentiality and privacy is a top priority of the program.  Fortior Solutions collects only minimal information, as required by schools, of each individual when they sign up.  He pointed out that the program does not use cell phone tracking, WiFi, GPS, LTE, Bluetooth, RFID or other overly intrusive technologies to monitor individuals’ every move.  Mr. Robell also said the company deletes QR code scan activity information from its system on a rolling basis after 60 days unless schools require a different period. He said the program also relieves schools of the burden of manually tracking who has been where, and when, throughout the school day.  “Students come to school to learn, teachers to teach, and staff members to support the educational environment,” Robell said.  “The pandemic complicates this effort tremendously.  Our program can help boost the confidence of everyone to get back to school as safely as possible.” Fortior Solutions is a longtime trusted provider of identity solutions to the military, government and critical infrastructure.  Robell said when the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, the company knew it was their community responsibility to leverage their unique expertise to develop a privacy focused solution to help schools, universities, businesses, work sites, stores, restaurants, salons, health care facilities, sports venues, faith-based organizations and other gathering places reopen while reducing the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Robell said the company also is able to coordinate onsite COVID-19 testing to provide schools with a complete, integrated contact tracing and testing solution.   About Fortior Solutions: Fortior Solutions is the market leader in high-assurance identity solutions used by the government and critical infrastructure. The company offers innovative technology programs for access control and pandemic and emergency response. In addition to Fortior Solutions’ COVID-19 contact tracing solution, the company provides end-to-end trusted identity programs offering full credential lifecycle management through the combination of registration, identity proofing, verification, background screening, credentialing and identity authentication for government, critical infrastructure, and individuals including contractors, vendors and other authorized personnel. Fortior Solutions is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, and has been delivering trusted identity solutions to customers since November, 2001. For further information please contact Amber Bond, Vice President, at abond@fortiorsolutions.com.

Embrace the Trace™ Program Boosts Covid-19 Contact Tracing and the Reopening of America While Safeguarding Individual Privacy

Individuals are in Control of Scanning in and out of Gathering Places; No GPS, Bluetooth or other Intrusive Technologies are Used to Track Individuals’ Every Move   August 26, 2020…
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Individuals are in Control of Scanning in and out of Gathering Places; No GPS, Bluetooth or other Intrusive Technologies are Used to Track Individuals’ Every Move   August 26, 2020 – Hillsboro, OR – The reopening of America is getting a much-needed boost from the Embrace the Trace™ program, a simple and privacy-focused COVID-19 contact tracing solution that supports the entire public health “team” – individuals, gathering places, and public health authorities. Fortior Solutions, a longtime trusted provider of identity solutions to the military, government and critical infrastructure, has created an innovative, patent pending solution to enable individuals and the places where they gather – campuses, sports venues, hospitals, stores, restaurants, salons, businesses, faith-based organizations and other locations - to receive timely notification from verified public health authority contact tracers in the event of COVID-19 exposure. There is no program fee for individuals to join. They only need to sign up with their email address, and their mobile phone number if they have one – not even their name is collected. The individual is then issued a unique QR code, which they can present for scanning when they enter and leave gathering places. Gathering places sign up to download and use the Embrace the Trace QR code scanning mobile application, relieving them of unnecessary handling of individuals’ contact data for contact tracing purposes. Verified public health authority contact tracers receive access to QR code scan activity information so they can conduct COVID-19 case investigation and identify exposed individuals and notify them.  No personal information is shared with gathering places, with marketing groups, or with any other third parties. Fortior Solutions deletes QR code scan activity information from its system on a rolling basis after 60 days. Unlike other contact tracing applications that have been attempted in the U.S. and have failed to gain adoption, the Embrace the Trace program does not use GPS, Bluetooth or other overly intrusive technologies to monitor individuals’ every move. Individuals stay in full control. “The Embrace the Trace program is the simple-to-use, least-intrusive solution that can be holistically adopted across the country,” said Jim Robell, President & CEO of Fortior Solutions.  “Across the country, individuals are being urged by their public health authorities to ‘answer the call’ if they hear from a contact tracer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Embrace the Trace program gives the entire country the confidence and trust they need to do just that – ‘answer the call’, slow the spread of COVID-19, and help reopen America in a safe and thoughtful way.”       About Fortior Solutions: Fortior Solutions is the market leader in high-assurance identity solutions used by the government and critical infrastructure. The company offers innovative technology programs for access control and pandemic and emergency response. Fortior Solutions’ patent pending Embrace the Trace program is the company’s newest product release.  Fortior Solutions is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, and has been delivering trusted identity solutions to customers since November 2001. For further information please contact Maria Nguyen, Marketing, at mnguyen@fortiorsolutions.com or 503-924-5353.

Our Fight Against COVID-19

Friends, leaders, and colleagues, I’d like to begin by saying my heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one from COVID-19 and those who are currently…
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Friends, leaders, and colleagues, I’d like to begin by saying my heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one from COVID-19 and those who are currently fighting the illness to become well again.  Whether we know someone who has been infected with the virus, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all. I am always encouraged by the compassion, kindness and comradery that I witness in our community and in our country during times of adversity.  These efforts and the generosity that I’ve witnessed inspire me to ask myself what more can we do to support businesses in their effort to support their employees in keeping them and their visitors safe. As the leader in identity and access control solutions, Fortior Solutions is committed to doing our part to support our community and our country.  During these uncertain times, we are offering our standalone I.D.-scanning solution for an extended period of performance at no additional cost to help organizations be more certain and more secure in combatting COVID-19. Our solution can help organizations in need by: Digitally Verified Personnel Access: Our near instantaneous I.D. scanning solution allows you to validate personnel access by creating electronic lists so that only approved people (employees/staff, contractors, visitors, vendors, service providers and suppliers) can enter your facilities. Our solution also allows you to screen for people who are not authorized for entry. In both cases, verification is done via scanning the person’s, company badge (if enabled), driver’s license or other government-issued I.D. card.  You can upload lists so only approved employees and visitors can enter the facility, giving employees confidence in the safety of their workplace. Electronic List Management: Your Human Resources team can provide pre-approved positive COVID-19 antibody/immunization and other volunteered health declarations lists, which are automatically verified upon scanning. No Touch I.D. Review: Minimize unnecessarily handling of I.D. cards and inadvertently spreading germs by using our electronic handheld device to scan and electronically validate driver’s licenses and other government issued ID cards. Fortior Solutions’ no-touch I.D. scanning solution, already in use by the U.S. military, enables verification of driver’s licenses and other I.D.s without the need to touch them. Contact Tracing: Know who has entered any of your facilities so that you can quickly identify and alert anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at any of your specific locations.  Instead of re-deep cleaning all areas of all your facilities and having to re-test everyone, you can determine exactly what part of which facility was exposed. On-Demand Reporting: Data whenever you need it, so you can get information quickly and accurately Fortior Solutions is ready and proud to support your business continuity while fighting the spread of COVID-19. Together we will win! #spreadkindnessnotviruses Best regards and stay healthy, Jim Robell - President and CEO