We Use Consumer Apps, What’s Wrong with That? They’re Encrypted too.

Consumer communication apps are often convenient and user-friendly; however, what they make up for in user-facing ease is that they sorely lack security compliance and legality.  Criminal Justice Information Services, or CJIS compliance, is what keeps criminal justice and law enforcement professionals in accord with standards for data safety and encryption. Finally, Genasys Protect CONNECT, formerly Evertel, delivers a public safety app with a user-friendly interface and the absolute assurance that you remain compliant with CJIS and other public safety mandates.  

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Some examples of basic rules of CJIS compliance include five unsuccessful login attempts, monitoring password changes, weekly audit reviews, moderating account management, logging off users’ sessions after thirty minutes of inactivity, and restricted access due to location, job assignment, time of day, or network address.  These few basic rules highlight just how stringent CJIS can be, and rightfully so. 

If your organization isn’t 100% compliant, authorities can become involved quickly to protect everyone concerned. At best, traditional team communication apps may encrypt messages; however, for traditional team apps, meeting CJIS security policies can be both expensive and unnecessary.  Therefore, the use of such apps for law enforcement-related communication can become a violation of both federal and state-level laws.  The use of traditional team communication apps or consumer apps can lead to significant lawsuits for your agency, in addition to the obvious safety threats that can arise from an unsecured network.  Rest assured that with CONNECT, compliance with CJIS and other public safety mandates comes standard without an added price tag.  

Public safety apps have come a long way in communication encryption, secure messaging, and user-friendly networks.  CONNECT understands the critical component of total compliance within CJIS, which in turn keeps your agency safe from suspicious cyber activity and digital threats.  In addition to CJIS, CONNECT provides safety and functionality that keep you safe from expensive litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). CONNECT’s added safety features include: no employee can delete or destroy data; executive audit controls should a public information request ever be received; messages can be retracted if necessary; data and timestamps are retained; a secure cloud system; and records of any data changes with full history reporting.  

CONNECT keeps your agency’s communication compliant, secure, user-friendly, and, above all, safe.  For the people who spend their lives ensuring the safety of others, let CONNECT return the favor.  Transparency and accountability are at the core of CONNECT’s communication app, safeguarding you and your agency from security breaches, lawsuits, and compromised intelligence.  Consumer communication apps are both tempting for their familiarity and commonplace among first responders; be that as it may, don’t let your agency fall victim to their many pitfalls.  Encrypting messages isn’t enough when it comes to public safety.  CJIS and FOIA were created to keep data, citizens, and public servants safe.  

Contact us to schedule a demo and learn more about CONNECT and the full suite of Genasys Protect Solutions.