The Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney’s Office is trying to keep up with the cybersecurity standards by upgrading the data storage system.
In an interview with Chief Information Security Officer at the U.S. Attorneys, Greg Hall claimed that the department is still using massive datasets. The agency finds it hard to shift to newer systems because of the ‘voluminous amount of data stored.’
Hall said, “The data we get from law enforcement and other organizations has to remain pristine from the time we get it until the time we exchange it with defense counsel and other stakeholders in the litigation process.”
This only means that the agency needs to be very careful with the files as these could impact the prosecution of a case, in which the attorney might be building for long.
With the amount of data and its sensitivity, the department struggled to keep up with cybersecurity technologies, that would help optimize the storage of documents. Aside from important pieces of evidence, some files are incredibly larger, like video footage, and recordings.
Hall was interviewed by Tom Temin in an episode of the Federal Drive program. The chief security officer also said that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is more inclined with Identity Governance and Administration systems. These systems are responsible for administering accounts, credentials, and managing entitlements. In addition, the administration system also processes the analytics and reporting of the department.
Centralize Cloud Data
The agency has been trying data storage solutions that would centralize the data and optimize the functions of the department. For instance, they have used FedRAMP to make the storage compliant with security standards. ‘It will provide the capability to manage our documents more effectively. It will provide workflows, editing, etc. We’ve been a big advocate for it, particularly with regards to the litigation capabilities,” said Hall.
The chief officer also said that they continuously develop tools that would make the job easier for attorneys. He remained positive by saying they are creating an action plan to execute the upgrade and said, “we are getting there.”
The U.S. Department of Justice keeps public and private records of meetings, files, and other documents of each case. The agency claimed that the data storage is capable of keeping all the confidential documents safely.
Hall mentioned that the complexity of keeping the files is the challenge of why they find it hard to upgrade the data storage system.