ORC – A FiXs-Certified Credential Issuer
The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) organization granted ORC an Authority To Operate as a FiXs-Certified Credential Issuer on in August 2008. The FiXs network verifies and authenticates the identity of personnel seeking to enter U.S. military installations and other government-controlled areas, as well as commercial sites tied to the network.
The DoD has established the External Certification Authority (ECA) program to support the issuance of DoD-approved certificates to industry partners and other external entities and organizations. The ECA program is designed to provide the mechanism for these entities to securely communicate with the DoD and authenticate to DoD Information Systems. Under this program, ORC is a DoD approved certificate authority.
ORC offers ECA certificates under the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) that has chosen to use the FIPS 201 compliant smart card specifications for all Levels of Trust. Thus, the differentiation between the levels is primarily with the vetting process, documentation/ verification, and biometric data collected, verified and maintained in the federated data model; as well as the life cycle management of the digital certificate and private keys issued to and protected by the credential. FiXs certified credentials also contain the appropriate data designating under which Level of Trust the credential was issued and classified