Gemalto, Caliber to provide strong authentication to law enforcement agencies

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Gemalto has partnered with Caliber Public Safety (Caliber) to provide law enforcement and other government agencies with strong authentication technology to adhere to Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) policies.

The companies will combine Caliber’s public safety expertise in records management with Gemalto’s SafeNet Authentication Service for an extensive portfolio of cloud-based identity and data protection solutions.

The combined solutions allow law enforcement and government agencies to rapidly deploy strong authentication technology to meet CJIS requirements and pass state audits.

The leakage of sensitive data, such as fingerprints and criminal backgrounds, can hugely damaging to the privacy and safety of the public. The CJIS Security Policy outlines specific requirements for sharing and protecting information, such as two-factor authentication, when accessing CJI data.

“By leveraging our Public Safety Cloud infrastructure, we are able to offer powerful security and risk mitigation, while ensuring the highest levels of compliance possible,” said Gregg Merlihan, senior executive vice president at Caliber Public Safety. “The technology is simple to use and its design accommodates growth and scale, along with a budget and approach to make quick and effective deployments a reality.”

Gemalto and Caliber provide law enforcement agencies with a complete set of CJIS advanced authentication solutions for both mobile soft tokens and physical ones.

The companies’ authentication as a service method ensures that public safety organizations have little to no installation overhead and can deploy the solution almost immediately.

Additionally, the self-service platform allows law enforcement officers to take care of ongoing token management, save time for IT administrators, and maintain extensive pre-configured reports to provide immediate visibility and track all authentication events.

“We have a long history at Gemalto of working in the government space, which helps us understand the unique security needs of these agencies,” said Francois Lasnier, senior executive vice president of authentication products at Gemalto. “Since the deadline for meeting the CJIS regulation has passed, law enforcement agencies have now started to undergo formal audits to ensure they are compliant. Gemalto’s authentication solutions provide them with a rapid path to making sure they pass these audits.”

Earlier this month, Gemalto won four contracts to provide new, highly-secure polycarbonate driver’s licenses to residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and help transition the provinces from an over-the-counter issuance process to a secure central issuance.

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