What is CJIS Compliance?

The topic of CJIS and keeping CJIS-compliant is a top issue in law enforcement departments and agencies nationwide. This is particularly the case in the recent announcement of the FBI announcing the first CJIS-capable version of the trusted VERIPATROL platform in the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud.

If you’re asking what CJIS compliance is, you’re not alone. The Federal Bureau of Investigation explains what Criminal Justice Information Services are here, but we want to highlight some of the most important areas.

What is the CJIS? 

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) is a division of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The CJIS was established in February 1992, and it is the largest division in the FBI.

What is the CJIS Security Policy?

The CJIS Security Policy represents a shared responsibility between the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the CJIS Systems Agency (CSA) and State Identification Bureaus (SIB). The purpose of the policy is to establish minimum security requirements to protect and secure various types of criminal justice information, including:

  1. Biometric Data—data derived from one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits of humans typically for the purpose of uniquely identifying individuals from within a population. Used to identify individuals, to include: fingerprints, palm prints, iris scans, and facial recognition data.
  2. Identity History Data—textual data that corresponds with an individual’s biometric data, providing a history of criminal and/or civil events for the identified individual.
  3. Biographic Data—information about individuals associated with a unique case, and not necessarily connected to identity data. Biographic data does not provide a history of an individual, only information related to a unique case.
  4. Property Data—information about vehicles and property associated with a crime.
  5. Case/Incident History—information about the history of criminal incidents

You can find more details on the security policy by clicking here.

Is Your Agency Compliant with the CJIS?

If your department or agency requires access to the FBI CJIS Division systems and information, you are required to be compliance to the CJIS Security Policy. This presents a unique challenge for many agencies across the country as they need to either become or maintain compliance with a number of technical safeguards.

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Learn what CJIS compliance entails and what steps your agency or entity may need to take to comply with the Security Policy today.  We’d love to help. Contact us to talk more.

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