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Florida Stae Agencies CJIS Compliance Cloud Solutions

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What is CJIS?

Established in 1992, the CJIS Division of the FBI is a high-tech intelligence hub housed in the hills of West Virginia linking nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country to a massive database of crime reports, fingerprints, and other agency data.

CJIS compliance isn’t just a concern—and a challenge—for law enforcement agencies, however. Federal, state, and local government agencies also have access to CJIS data, which means that, by law, they must maintain CJIS compliance in order to preserve individual civil liberties. Failure to comply can result in denial of access to any FBI database or system, fines, and even criminal charges.

It wasn’t always this way. For nearly a decade, federal agencies failed to implement basic cybersecurity policies required by CJIS. In fact, a Homeland Security Department report once showed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration had the lowest ratings for federal CJIS compliance, leaving personally identifiable information stored in their systems such as tax documents, medical records, and Social Security numbers vulnerable to hackers.

That’s all changing. Bloomberg Government estimates that the federal cloud services market has grown from about $1.3 billion in 2010 to nearly 7 billion today, and in response—and to avoid penalties—state and local government agencies are following suit.

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Challenges Concerning
CJIS Compliance in State & Local Agencies

Highly sensitive data housed by state and local agencies is very valuable to hackers; it can be used to damage the economy, be sold to interested parties or hijacked for ransom. For these reasons and more, agencies running within a CJIS-compliant cloud need cloud computing security policies in place governing those that have access to data—from the cloud provider to internal clerical and IT support staff.

That’s not all; data-at-rest and data-in-motion also need to be compliant. Meaning all organizations must use at least 128-bit encryption to protect digital intelligence while in storage or transit so hackers and others who could benefit from the information cannot employ deciphering techniques.

DSM's CJIS Cloud Solutions for Sate Agencies

DSM and Microsoft provide Florida CJIS entities with the first of its kind end-to-end CJIS compliant infrastructure. This partnership enables those entities to leverage a CJIS compliant hybrid cloud offering that combines private cloud and public cloud in a highly integrated solution

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Bundled Cloud Services

With DSM’s fully managed cloud service, state and local agencies can enjoy one easy solution that combines DSM’s local CJIS private cloud and Microsoft Azure’s CJIS cloud for maximum results. This package eliminates uncertainties, shortens implementation time, and allows internal teams to stay focused on agency priorities.

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Customized Cloud Services

A fully integrated cloud isn’t right for all state and local agencies. Through a customized cloud journey, DSM will work with you to select only the bundle elements necessary for your organization. Customization provides flexibility and enables your organization to address immediate needs quickly and easily. Options within a customized journey include colocation, private, Azure, Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

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CJIS Compliance in the Cloud

A Guide for Government Agencies

Maintaining CJIS compliance and upholding security protocols through an on-premise data center can be a daunting task, leading many government agencies to turn to the cloud. This eBook tells you everything you need to know.

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