Encrypting CJIS Data in Virtualized and Cloud Environments


Preventing and investigating crime is a challenging task and law enforcement personnel rely on timely access to the CJIS criminal justice information systems as a key resource. However, given the sensitive nature of  CJIS data, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created the CJIS Security Policy to ensure data remains confidential and is only accessed by authorized users.


The CJIS Security Policy includes a set of 12 policy areas which outline strict controls relating to the access or exchange of CJIS data by all Law enforcement agencies as well as their  contractors and private agencies. Data encryption is a critical component of the CJIS Security Policy ensuring that data is rendered unusable should it be accessed by unauthorized personal.


As information technology (IT) evolves, law enforcement agencies are increasingly embracing virtualization and cloud computing to take advantage of many benefits including deployment flexibility, simplified management and  IT costs savings. Understanding that new technology can introduce new risk, the CJIS Security Policy version 5.2 now includes detailed recommendations around cloud security and privacy controls including critical considerations around cryptographic key management in a cloud environment.


CloudLink SecureVM enables Law Enforcement agencies and their contractors to embrace the cloud while maintain complete control over data security. Our solutions are designed to enable organizations to protect information in a range of deployment methods including private, hybrid and public cloud all from a single solution that will grow as your business systems evolve.


We are very pleased to announce that CloudLink has been acquired by EMC Corporation.  EMC is the leader in delivering solutions that enable the world to store, manage and leverage data.  The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables customers to deploy IT as a Service quickly and easily.  CloudLink is an award-winning provider of software-based data security solutions for hybrid clouds.  As part of EMC, CloudLink will empower customers to embrace the hybrid cloud while addressing concerns around data security and sovereignty, and maintaining regulatory compliance.

Since CloudLink turned its focus to cloud security more than four years ago, we have been heartened to witness the exponential growth of private, public and hybrid cloud and honored to help our customers embrace this new paradigm.  Our induction into the EMC Select partner program two years ago was both a privilege and an excellent opportunity for us to develop solutions that truly address customer needs.  We are eager to contribute to the customer value EMC delivers through its industry-leading innovation, service and support.

Above all, we’d like to extend our thanks to our customers, partners and employees, as well as everyone who has helped us evolve and innovate.  We are very excited to join the EMC family and look forward to continuing our joint commitment to making hybrid cloud a success. If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cloudlinkquestions@emc.com.


The CloudLink Team
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