SureID’s RAPIDGate Wins Two AST Homeland Security Awards (Video)

The RAPIDGate program seamlessly integrates access control point systems and biometric identity verification into a single, RAPIDGate credential

SureID, a market leader in high-assurance identity management programs in the United States, has been recognized not once, but twice by American Security Today’s 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, securing both a Platinum and Gold Award.

ASTOR Platinum AwardSureID’s flagship product, the RAPIDGate program, competing against other physical security companies and government agencies, has been honored with a Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award for Best Access Control Authentication, as well as a Gold ‘ASTORS’ Award for Best Integrated System for HSPD-12 & FIPS 201 Compliance category.

The RAPIDGate program, provides highly secure gate-access-based facilities – such as military installations, government buildings, federal agencies, manufacturing and distribution sites, ports and commercial ports, and commercial buildings – with increased PIV-I credential high-assurance identity management for a variety of authorized personnel.

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This field-proven, accredited, and widely-accepted credentialing and vetting program has been deployed at more than 150 fence lines across the United States and its territories, helping the U.S. military guard against such threats as unauthorized access, identity theft, fraud and cyber-crime.

These threats put the safety of military personnel, critical infrastructure, and other valuable assets at risk every day.

Since 2004, the RAPIDGate program has identity-proofed, performed suitability risk analysis and credentialed more than 1,110,000 vendor/contractor companies and individuals doing business with the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.


Over 273,000,000 authentication events have been recorded, the majority of which are vendors and contractors requiring identity verification and access to military and government bases/buildings.

As a result, SureID, Inc. is the leading commercial provider of U.S Department of Defense recognized vendor credentials.

The RAPIDGate Premier Personal Identity Verification Interoperable (PIV-I) credential is an enhancement to the RAPIDGate program.

Currently implemented across all of the U.S Marine Corps and Navy, these enhanced, tamper-resistant credentials meet PIV-I credentialing standards and are in accordance with HSPD-12 and FIPS 201.

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RAPIDGate Premier PIV-I credentials contain: a unique ID code; a color photograph; the credential holder’s full name; organizational affiliation/company name; issued and expiration dates; and program seal of authenticity.

Furthermore, the RAPIDGate Premier program credentials are the only PIV-I credentials with integrated background vetting.

Incorporating this enhanced credential with PIV-I compliant PACS systems provides participants with a single, interoperable credential granting them access to controlled areas such as flight lines, secure buildings, spaces, vaults, and other areas where authorized access is required.

The RAPID-RCx program was developed to significantly reduce the time it takes for thousands of personnel to gain needed access to military facilities.

The time required to screen and verify vendors and contractors for base access cuts deeply into productivity, particularly for smaller companies who can least afford to wait in line.


This results in higher vendor costs, which ends up increasing military costs.

The RAPIDGate program seamlessly integrates access control point systems and biometric identity verification into a single, RAPIDGate credential.

The RAPIDGate program offers an identity management solution which demonstrates that its credential holders have passed a thorough background screen, and have been photographed, fingerprinted and badged.

Once the suite of RAPIDGate programs have been deployed, security personnel can verify that anyone can be electronically verified – whether they hold a RAPIDGate credential, various forms of military credentials, or a government ID.

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According to a 2016 independent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute titled “Data Risk in the Third Party Echosystem,” 75 percent of businesses said cybersecurity incidents related to vendors are increasing.

The study also indicated that almost 50 percent of the respondents stated their organization experienced a data breach caused by a vendor.

Not only are data breaches prevalent, they are costly.

The “2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis” from the Ponemon Institute concluded that the average total cost of a data breach grew this year from $3.8 million to $4 million per incident.

ASTOR Gold Award“SureID has provided best in class, high assurance identities for the Department of Defense and its contractors for the past 15 years,” said Steve Larson, chairman and CEO of SureID, Inc.

“We are now introducing our high assurance identity to commercial enterprise and other federal customers.”

“Whether a company needs a PIV-I solution to meet government compliance requirements or manage their vendor and contractor employee populations, or both, SureID Certified Enterprise offers the identity solution to meet a company’s needs.”

The SureID Certified Enterprise identity solution includes:

SureID Certified Enterprise

For medium and large-sized businesses needing a high assurance identity for vendors and contractors. This identity can integrate within a commercial enterprise organization’s existing credential or identification badge system. SureID Certified Enterprise also includes a thorough background screen that can offer ongoing monitoring to an identity on a subscription basis.

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SureID Certified Management Portal

The portal offers full credential lifecycle management for third-party vendors and contractors. Features include registering, identity proofing, screening, credentialing, authenticating, reporting and notification management.

The portal also provides real-time revocation allowing system administrators to status check and immediately revoke any credential.

SureID Certified API

The Application Program Interfaces (APIs) integrate to existing enterprise identity and access management (IAM) systems, as well as to logical and physical access controls.


SureID Certified PIV-I

For government contractors, the new streamlined SureID Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable (PIV-I) federated solution can integrate within an organization’s existing infrastructure, enable multifactor authentication and provide trusted access through the federal bridge.

This trusted identity can also help Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal government contractors to achieve NIST SP 800-171 compliance.

Industry analysts have also called attention to the need for advanced vendor management (VM) systems.

Christopher Ambrose, research vice president at Gartner
Christopher Ambrose, Research VP at Gartner

Christopher Ambrose, research vice president at Gartner, commented that “Although regulatory pressures are growing, improving VM should not just be a response to regulations, but rather a desire to apply a better and more standardized discipline to the management of the life cycle of vendor relationships.”

Ambrose went on to predict that “by 2017, CIOs will develop vendor relationship skills as a top-five competency to extract business value and innovation from strategic vendors.”*

*Gartner, Smarter with Gartner, Creating a Strategic Roadmap for Vendor Management, November 5, 2015,

SureID, is the market leader in high-assurance identity solutions, creating end-to-end trusted identity programs offering full credential lifecycle management through the combination of registration, identity authentication, background screening, credentialing and identity proofing for government, private enterprise and individuals including contractors, vendors and other authorized personnel.

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SureID’s RAPIDGate program provides an enterprise-wide, single-credential high assurance identity for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army installations across the country.

More than 201,000 RAPIDGate PIV-I credentials have been issued since 2014. 

Congratulations to SureID’s RAPIDGate on becoming a Winner of the 2016 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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