CJIS, or Criminal Justice Information Service, is a way to make sure your information is safe from outside efforts to steal or alter it in any way. There are plenty of people out there that would try their best to steal your information, whether it be for a business or for law enforcement, keeping with CJIS standards ensures everything is locked away safely. That being said, there are plenty of ways to mess that up accidentally. In order to curb your carelessness, here is a small list of things to keep in mind when trying to stay CJIS compliant.

Login Attempts

That’s right, logging in has never been so dangerous as in the current state of technology. People can steal your password and follow up by stealing your personal information. Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. CJIS limits a user to five unsuccessful login attempts before locking them out of their account for a set amount of time. If you need to get in, change your password or get in contact with their IT to set things straight. Make sure you always know what your password is and have security questions set up in case things take a turn for the worst.

Passwords

On the same vein, your password is the door to your account. You control how difficult the lock is to open, and you should make sure to change the locks every few months or so. Keeping your password fresh is a good way to protect your information. Always make sure you have a unique password that only you know and never share this password with anyone. You never know who could steal your information.

Locking/closing your computer

This one is easy to forget but very important. When you leave your desk for more than a few minutes, you should lock your computer to make sure nobody can tamper with it. You work in a business where, even if you know everyone, someone could get one your computer while it’s open and access information you don’t want them to see. This is also in violation of CJIS compliance, meaning you’ll be in double the trouble should anything bad happen following the theft.

Advanced authentication

This applies to CJI access, but is very important in similar fields as well. When handling secret or potentially damaging documents, make sure you have a multi-factor authentication in place. This means that besides a password, you have a special PIN or something similar in place to make sure no unwanted eyes have access to your information.

Data Encryption

128 bit encryption is the minimum requirement for data encryption, the higher the better. Complexity means difficulty for attackers, meaning safe data in the long run. This includes passwords. The more unique characters, the more difficult it is to figure out for an outside source.

Training

Don’t skip the training. Even if it isn’t mandatory (which it should be, but you never know), you should get to know what compliance really means for you and those around you so you don’t run into any of the above issues. Proper knowledge of the situations you could run into and how to best handle them mean that you will always be ready for the worst and have an answer to any slip ups.