Intelligence is perhaps the single greatest tool in the fight against crime. Look at any major criminal incident brought to justice and you can be almost certain outside intelligence played a pivotal role. In the wake of the Boston marathon bombing tragedy in 2013, for example, FBI agents used intelligence in the form of on-the-scene interviews and reviews of surveillance footage to swiftly release photos of the suspects to the public. Additionally, in the trial of the online black market site Silk Road's founder, Ross Ulbricht, multiple agencies combined intelligence to create a pool of data on Ulbricht, which ended up proving central to his conviction on all counts with which he was charged. Whether it's a bombing or a major cyber crime incident, intelligence compiled by law enforcement is instrumental to the solution.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sits atop the information hierarchy in the U.S. Within its network is a massive repository of data spanning the entire country. But while the FBI is privy to the most protected, valuable intelligence in the United States, it's not the only entity with this privilege.
In the past few decades, information sharing between law enforcement agencies at every level has increased, which paves the way for more expedient law enforcement across the country. However, alongside the broadening exchange base of criminal justice information (CJI) came inherent vulnerabilities.
That's why, in 1998, the FBI rolled out an expansion of its security management structure. This expansion was meant to account for the access to and sharing of intelligence within the law enforcement community. What this amounted to was the creation of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy, which, according to its executive overview, "integrates presidential directives, federal laws, FBI directives and the criminal justice community's APB decisions along with nationally recognized guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology." For law enforcement agencies, maintaining compliance with CJIS boils down to several key factors, including:
Here at Entrust, we're at the forefront of providing enterprises with cutting-edge protection in both the virtual and physical realms. Our CJIS Compliance Solutions are trusted by agencies and departments of all sizes. That's because Entrust IdentityGuard, as a platform, meets the advanced security standards of CJIS while allowing user agencies to benefit from significant cost savings and consolidation of digital identities. As far as this kind of work goes, here at Entrust we're a leader in the field, thanks to over 15 years of helping law enforcement agencies maintain security standards.