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CJIS Compliance and the Mobile-First Public Safety Officer

Digital transformation in public safety is more complicated than upgrading an officer’s technology to the latest mobile device. In providing access to critical information databases and workflows on mobile devices, public safety leaders should be aware of the specific requirements from a variety of agencies such as the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) and State Identification Bureaus.

If a public safety agency is looking to transition to mobile, they need to follow the rules outlined by the CJIS Security Policy, as well as the requirements determined by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

I recently spoke to Samsung’s Terry Poulias about the types of compliance the mobile-first public safety agency must consider.

“Encryption comes to mind,” Poulias said. “[Officers] need to keep all of their data safe on their device and, if their device is ever stolen or lost, it needs to be locked and remotely wiped.”

Poulias discussed how Samsung Knox‘s leading mobile device management solutions can help agencies looking to not only comply with encryption, but solve problems quickly in the case of an emergency like a device that got into the wrong hands.

In addition to encryption, multifactor authentication is one of the core elements of compliance. For officers using Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, there are a variety of options, including iris scanning and fingerprint scanning technology.

“On top of [biometric authentication], you can add a certificate-based authentication to add almost a ‘super-secret’ level of authentication for the officers as well,” Poulias added.

The mobile-first public safety officer is better positioned to serve our communities and, with Samsung’s mobile management and security solutions, agencies will be able to comply with all the requirements they need to make that a reality.

Plan and implement a mobile initiative at your agency with this practical roadmap.

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