Summarizing Law Enforcement & the Cloud

This video briefly summarizes the statements of eight members of a panel discussion last fall at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, October 2012, regarding utilization of cloud computing by law enforcement.

"Within 24 months, every new technology that a law enforcement agency adopts is going to be a cloud-based one," states Hadi Partovi, a strategic advisor to numerous startups including Facebook, Dropbox, OPOWER, and Bluekai.

In January 2013, the IACP announced the results of a survey of IACP member agencies that showed that many agencies are considering adopting a wider range of cloud applications within the next two years, including CJIS access, cloud storage, records management, crime reporting, and mapping and analysis.

And another document, Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement, identified principles that focus on addressing some of the most tangible benefits that cloud computing offers, including cost savings, rapid deployment of critical resources, off-site storage and disaster recovery as well as meeting dynamic operational needs, while maintaining the security of systems and the proper use of data.

Model policies are expected to be released at the IACP Annual Conference, scheduled for October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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