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FBI declares cloud vendors must meet CJIS security rules

Jaikumar Vijayan | Feb. 8, 2012
The FBI Tuesday reaffirmed its rule that all cloud products sold to to U.S. law enforcement agencies must comply with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Systems security requirements.

Several small, specialty providers, today offer cloud services that are compliant with CJIS requirements, said Gould, a co-founder of Safegov.org , which promotes best practices for deploying cloud-based systems in government entities.

Gould cited InterAct Public Safety, Datamaxx, and Vertical Computer Services as cloud companies that use secure data centers staffed by people who have undergone the requisite FBI background checks.

Services from such firms may be more expensive than the offerings from large vendors like Google, but these firms have invested the needed funds to meet the FBI's security requirements, he said.

He added that the FBI has tweaked CJIS requirements to make it easier for cloud vendors to comply.

"The old requirements were written before cloud computing took off," Gould said. "CJIS 5.0 goes out of its way to make room for cloud vendors."

 

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