Amazon signs CJIS agreement with California
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Jan 06, 2016
In an effort to help California law enforcement agencies comply with the FBI’s requirements for secure cloud storage of criminal justice information, Amazon Web Services signed a Criminal Justice Information Services Security Addendum with the state’s Department of Justice, enabling state and local law enforcement agencies to run CJIS workloads in the AWS cloud.
The California DOJ has worked to streamline law enforcement agencies’ move to the cloud by building service catalogs with cloud service partners so that local law enforcement agencies can access pre-approved architectures and services with a lightweight administrative process and avoid the need to go through the audit process with every potential cloud service provider.
The agreement secures criminal justice data within the cloud, ensuring it will pass CJIS compliance audits.
The FBI CJIS Security Policy sets the requirements for law enforcement and government agencies’ use of cloud services for transmitting, storing and processing CJI data. The guidance pulls from presidential and FBI directives, federal laws, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the criminal justice community’s Advisory Policy Board. All private contractors who process CJI data must sign the security addendum, according to the FBI.
AWS’s CJIS contract with California is the first for the company but not a first for the state. Microsoft Azure Government Cloud is also deemed CJIS compliant by the California, allowing secure data storage by any additional state, county or local criminal justice agency in the Golden State.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.