Big Data, Public Safety, Storage

National Security Empowered by Crime Data

Statisticians in West Virginia are completing important work that helps law enforcement agencies better protect our streets and improve national security. With the largest repository of fingerprint data and criminal history, the analysis of this big data is helping to catch criminals and offer enforcement agencies across the country information on the state of crime in their communities. All of this and more is happening at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), which was established as part of the FBI in 1992 and is the largest division of the agency today. CJIS enables millions of law enforcement and national security professionals to access and share critical criminal justice data such as arrest reports, fingerprints, criminal background checks, protective orders, and sentencing and parole reports. This information in turn is helping reduce criminal activities with the provision of timely reports and analysis to the FBI and other crime fighting teams.

However, all this data must be kept secure to ensure the information that helps fight crime does not fall into the wrong hands. The security policies set forth by CJIS cover best practices in wireless networking, remote access, data encryption, and multiple authentication. These guidelines range from basic rules about the number of unsuccessful log-in attempts to access restrictions based on physical location, job assignment, time of day, and network address. CJIS has also established requirements for the use of data encryption when storing and using sensitive data, including criminal justice information.

Despite these guidelines, a tremendous amount of criminal data is exchanged via email, yet standard email services do not provide the levels of encryption required by CJIS. Adding to that, most third-party encryption services are either difficult to use, expensive, or both, which can stunt critical response time and frustrate users. So how are law enforcement agencies today maintaining CJIS compliant communications in a cost-effective way between all parties? Virtru’s end-to-end email encryption for Google Apps and Outlook.

Virtru makes it easier for employees to confidently share information so the criminal justice system can be more effective. In one example of what can go wrong when information is “too hard” to share, in 2007 the State of Connecticut discovered a gruesome crime could have been prevented if more information about the suspects would have reached decision makers before his parole release. After the crime, officials discovered that a sentencing transcript, in which a judge described one of the suspects as a “calculated, cold-blooded predator,” never reached the parole board. Following this incident, Connecticut worked to establish its own centralized portal to connect its 52 information systems and 23,000 criminal Virtru’s CJIS solutions for email is the easiest, most secure way to comply with CJIS regulations. However, Connecticut’s CJIS project, which remains unfinished after 8 years, $52 million, and a 40% overrun budget, highlights a glaring CJIS problem: building CJIS infrastructures in-house is not financially or technically feasible for most organizations.

That’s why Virtru’s end-to-end encryption works with established email systems to automate the needed security levels to meet CJIS requirements. This includes cloud email providers, like Google, which are being used more frequently by state and local entities to save money and integrate entire systems. So whether your agency is already using a cloud-based server or looking to move away from on premise systems,

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