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AWS Signs CJIS Addendum with the State of Minnesota






Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce that we recently signed a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Addendum with the State of Minnesota, making AWS GovCloud (US) services available to law enforcement customers through the state’s approved service catalog. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) vetting process of AWS is underway, including performing any required employee background checks as prescribed by the FBI’s CJIS standard.

With a constant flow of new requirements and new business drivers across the law enforcement community, the state of Minnesota can deploy workloads on the AWS GovCloud (US) Region with the goal of reducing IT burdens and delivering services securely, and more efficiently than ever before.

By signing the addendum, this enables local law enforcement agencies in Minnesota to run CJIS workloads on the AWS Cloud, including biometric, identity history, person, organization, property, and case/incident history data, with confidence that they are compliant with CJIS standards.

Information security is a top priority for law enforcement throughout the country. To satisfy CJIS requirements, and enable extremely high security levels for all of our customers, AWS employs a rich set of security technologies and practices, including encryption and access control features that surpass the capabilities of all other providers. As part of CJIS agreements, we require AWS employees with physical and/or logical access to complete a fingerprint-based background check and security awareness training. Learn more about what makes the AWS Cloud secure and the recognized leader in cloud security by top third-party analysts here.

Partnering for mission success

Working with AWS Partner Network (APN) partners, we are committed to bringing top solutions specifically suited for our customer’s mission needs. For the State of Minnesota, we worked with iCrimeFighter, to provide a mobile forensics software and evidence gathering system, with a mobile app and an AWS Cloud-based evidence tracking capability that was designed and developed by law enforcement officers striving to bring true mobility to the everyday work life of law enforcement.

“Security is a top concern for iCrimefighter, and the AWS Addendum with the State of Minnesota substantiates our commitment to securely store and manage critical digital evidence in the AWS GovCloud (US) for our law enforcement partners in MN—and across the country. By working with AWS, we are able to simplify access to digital evidence by uploading that evidence to a secure cloud,” said Steven London, CEO of iCrimefighter.

Confidence in your data security

These CJIS security addenda give our law enforcement customers, like the State of Minnesota and the California Department of Justice, the confidence that their data will pass CJIS-compliance audits and that their data is secure in the cloud. We comply with the FBI’s CJIS standard, and will continue to sign CJIS security agreements with our customers, including allowing or performing any required employee background checks.

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