Imprivata Sees Spike in Government Business as State and Local Agencies Rush to Comply with Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Regulations

Technology Upgrades Accelerate Deadlines for Advanced Authentication Requirements

LEXINGTON, Mass. March 23, 2011Imprivata, the #1 authentication management and single sign-on provider announced today that it has seen a surge in state and local government business as agencies rush to meet the strong password and advanced authentication requirements of the CJIS policy. Within the new mandates, all agencies must have enforced unique IDs and strong passwords by September, 2010, and must comply with the CJIS Advanced Authentication requirement by 2013. However, Advanced Authentication is required for any system upgrade performed after 2005, meaning the 2013 deadline advances to the time of the upgrade. Agencies that are audited and don’t comply with the CJIS policy could be denied access to CJIS systems or face criminal penalties.

State and local government agencies such as Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation, City of Key West, City of Homestead Police, and City of Miami Beach are using Imprivata OneSign® to comply with the CJIS security policy, improve productivity and cut IT costs. Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida chose Imprivata because it integrated with their Active Directory, enforced complex passwords for CJIS compliance and supported multiple strong authentication technologies.

“CJIS compliance can be daunting. With Imprivata OneSign, police departments can put an infrastructure in place for compliance while solving the immediate problems of managing logins to dozens of applications,” says Tom Rowles, Enterprise Support Supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to enabling CJIS compliance, Imprivata OneSign eliminates end-user password headaches, reduces the burden of password reset calls to the help desk, and automates the password change process for all applications. While the City of Miami Beach originally chose Imprivata OneSign to solve their password management problems, the benefits have extended far beyond the time savings that resulted from reduced password resets. With Imprivata OneSign, the IT department has been able to enforce complex passwords and implement fingerprint biometrics, meeting Phase 2 of CJIS Compliance ahead of the 2013 deadline.

“Imprivata OneSign has helped us manage audits and new compliance requirements, and has improved pro­ductivity through­out city depart­ments because people aren’t wasting time wait­ing for simple password resets. They really see the value and flexibility the solution provides to their business units, especially in the 24 hour operations,” says, Nelson Martinez Jr., Systems Support Manager, City of Miami Beach.

On March 23rd at 1:00 PM EST, Imprivata will be hosting a webinar featuring CJIS security policy requirements and how Polk County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Successfully complied with CJIS requirements
  • Eliminated complex passwords
  • Reduced helpdesk calls
  • Streamlined access to public safety applications

Who: Tom Rowles, Enterprise Support Supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
What: How to Achieve CJIS Compliance
When: Today, Wednesday, March 23rd at 1:00 PM EST

About Imprivata
With more than one million users, Imprivata is the #1 independent provider of single sign-on and access management solutions. By strengthening user authentication, streamlining application access and simplifying compliance reporting across multiple computing environments, customers realize improved workflows, increased security and compliance with government regulations.

Imprivata has received numerous product awards and top review ratings from leading industry publications and analysts, including a Strong Positive rating in Gartner’s 2010 ESSO Marketscope, the #1 ranking in the KLAS SSO Performance report and the #1 rating in 2010 Best in KLAS and Category Leaders report. Headquartered in Lexington, Mass., Imprivata partners with over 200 resellers, and serves the access security needs of more than 1,200 customers around the world. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @Imprivata.