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Oregon Joins CJIS-Compliant Amazon Web Services Cloud

Oregon is the fourth state to give its police access to AWS Cloud.

On Sept. 8, the state of Oregon signed a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), making it the fourth state, next to California, Minnesota and Colorado, to give its police access to AWS Cloud.

“The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce … [an] agreement that meets every requirement of the FBI’s CJIS Security Policy," Maj. Tom M. Worthy, chief security officer of the Oregon State Police, said in an AWS blog. "This agreement gives Oregon agencies additional hosting options that enhance security, while meeting their business requirements pertaining to criminal justice information."

AWS has turned a stronger focus toward the public sector this year, most recently announcing another iteration of its City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, which seeks to recognize and promote best practices in innovation and data storage.

Recent trend data collected by the Center for Digital Government indicates that cultural barriers to cloud adoption are diminishing, and that more IT leaders view the cloud as a viable and secure possibility for their organization's needs. More vendors are joining the CJIS bandwagon, including Microsoft, which announced last year that its cloud services were suitable for organizations bound by the FBI security requirements.

Colin wrote for Government Technology and Emergency Management from 2010 through most of 2016.