Microsoft’s cloud is the only hyper-scale cloud platform to meet FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy

This month, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the largest organization of police leaders in the U.S., issued updated guidelines recommending that cloud storage of all criminal justice information — including video — should comply with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) security policy, writes Michael Donlan, Microsoft’s State and Local Government vice president.

Microsoft Azure Government is the “only hyper-scale cloud platform that is contractually committed to meeting the FBI’s CJIS requirements,” Donlan says. “Furthermore, for Microsoft, CJIS compliance isn’t just a check box. While other technology companies claim to support CJIS requirements, many are vague on the subject and details around it or how they work with law enforcement agencies to meet the mandatory security and privacy needs.”

Sanjoy Datta, Los Angeles Police Department information security officer, says “The fact that Microsoft contractually committed to CJIS compliance by signing the FBI’s CJIS Security Addendum and having their employees background-checked by California DOJ helped give the LAPD the confidence that we could begin to leverage Azure Government for our most critical, sensitive workloads.”

If your agency is considering moving to the cloud, there are five questions that Microsoft believes law enforcement organizations should ask every cloud provider, Donlan says.

To see those questions and learn more, visit the Microsoft on Government Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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