The Criminal Justice System’s Cybersecurity & Data Security Needs
When cybercriminals and other malicious actors target the criminal justice system, including law enforcement and other local government agencies, they threaten to access and exploit sensitive data or even shut down access to critical infrastructure and services.
The importance of cybersecurity for the criminal justice industry cannot be understated. Local government services, including law enforcement and emergency services, are increasingly targeted by cybersecurity threats. When there’s a breach in database security resulting in unauthorized data access or loss, grave privacy implications and operational concerns follow.
Government cybersecurity measures need to take multiple perspectives into account. Members of the public, victims of crimes, employees, witnesses, informants, jurists, prosecutors, public defenders, and the accused can all suffer harm resulting from a data protection failure.
Malicious actors also target emergency dispatching services and alert and communication systems, restricting access to the critical systems law enforcement officers, personnel, and other first responders rely on to respond to emergency situations.
Cybersecurity Risks & Data Breaches Within the Criminal Justice System
Police videos, electronic evidence records, arrest warrants, and other sensitive data held within the criminal justice system make it an attractive target for cybercriminals. When implementing a cybersecurity solution to safeguard against attacks, local governments need to ensure data is backed up and stored in a CJIS-secure environment and that robust monitoring can detect and stall the myriad cybersecurity threats that are looming.
Hacking is an all-purpose term for the misuse of a computer to gain unauthorized access to another computer or network.
Hacking may refer to phishing, malware and ransomware attacks, DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, and other cybersecurity threats.
Malware (malicious software) is software of any kind that does harm.
It may steal data and documents, add unauthorized code or software to a network, delete documents, or record and report system activity to an unauthorized user.
Phishing scams may be deployed to gain login credentials or other sensitive information or introduce malware into a network.
Phishing scams typically operate by getting network users to click on a link, open a malicious attachment, or forward information.
Ransomware is one type of malware that typically locks users out of a system and demands a ransom payment from the organization in order to restore access.
Ransomware attacks may include added threats, such as releasing privileged information and sensitive data if the ransom isn’t paid.
Covid-19 Related Scams
Malicious actors have seized on the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic to target individuals, organizations, and government agencies with Covid-19 related scams.
APT (advanced persistent threat) activity has been aimed at essential service providers, such as healthcare and emergency response services, using phishing activity, password spraying, and other attacks to gain access to sensitive data.
The Need for CJIS Compliant Cloud Backup & Security
Migrating computing and storage to the cloud can allow government agencies, including law enforcement, to communicate and access or share data from any location with greater speed and ease. This shift to the cloud opens up new efficiencies that can lead to greater effectiveness. It also expands agencies’ threat surfaces, therefore requiring comprehensive endpoint security and robust cloud data protection.
Cybersecurity software for criminal justice agencies needs to contend with a unique threat terrain while also ensuring compliance with government cybersecurity policies and data protection regulations, including CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) standards.
The FBI instituted theCJIS division to serve as a central hub for its criminal justice information services. Since its start, it has aimed to enhance federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice bureaus’ abilities to access and share CJI (Criminal Justice Information). Law enforcement and other civil agencies rely on CJI such as fingerprints, biometric data, case information, and incident histories to perform their missions, but protecting it from unauthorized actors is critical.
The CJIS security policy sets forth requirements for the protection and lawful use of CJI, which apply to any person or organization who accesses, stores, or supports CJI. CJIS standards also extend to the software and hosting environments used to store and access, as well as the software and hosting companies, suppliers, and their employees and contractors.
In addition to maintaining compliance with CJIS standards, cloud security, cloud data backup, and other cybersecurity solutions for the criminal justice sector also need to comply with the authentication and encryption standards outlined in the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) and may be subject to other federal, state, local, and tribal policies.
Learn More About Data Security for the US Criminal Justice System
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