Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

FBI Data Exchange System Now Fully Operational

The National Data Exchange system lets the agency share information with 18,000 local and regional criminal justice organizations.

Government Innovators
Slideshow: Government Innovators
(clickimage for larger view and for full slideshow)
A new system that allows the FBI to automatically share information with local, state, regional, and other law-enforcement and criminal justice partners is now fully operational.

Raytheon said it completed work on the last phase of the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) system, which allows the FBI to pass on information about criminal justice cases automatically to 200,000 investigators in more than 18,000 federal, local, state, and tribal agencies. The system also performs analysis to identify crime trends and patterns to aid in crime-prevention tactics, according to the FBI.

The completion of N-DEx is slightly behind schedule, as original plans called for it to be completed last year, according to the FBI website. Nonetheless, authorized FBI partners now can use the system to make nationwide searches for information such as incident reports and criminal incarceration records; receive notifications of similar investigations and suspects to ones they are querying; and identify hotspots for criminal activity, among other capabilities.

The system uses standards-based technology and Web services to connect multiple disparate systems and users to rapidly search and visualize FBI data about incidents and cases, the company said. The FBI awarded Raytheon the contract to build the system in 2007.

In the last phase of development, Raytheon added a set of Web services that allow users, among other things, to receive information alerts about persons of interests when new records are entered into the system.

The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS)--which also manages another key information-sharing FBI database, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system--is managing N-DEx. Once the system is available to all the users that are authorized to access it, the agency expects it to handle about 6 million queries a day, which is on par with the NCIC system.

FBI has been stepping up improvements to how it shares information and data with various law-enforcement organizations that need swift access to it, a task that historically has been difficult and arduous. Earlier this year it deployed a new biometric ID system aimed at creating a more effective and accurate process for identifying fingerprints and other forms of biometric information and sharing it with appropriate organizations.

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the multimillion-dollar Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) allows the FBI exchange fingerprints with more than 18,000 law-enforcement agencies and other authorized criminal-justice partners. It also provides automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, as well as electronic image storage.

What industry can teach government about IT innovation and efficiency. Also in the new, all-digital issue of InformationWeek Government: Federal agencies have to shift from annual IT security assessments to continuous monitoring of their risks. Download it now. (Free registration required.)

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
7 Tips for Infosec Pros Considering A Lateral Career Move
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2020
For Mismanaged SOCs, The Price Is Not Right
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/22/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
IT 2020: A Look Ahead
Are you ready for the critical changes that will occur in 2020? We've compiled editor insights from the best of our network (Dark Reading, Data Center Knowledge, InformationWeek, ITPro Today and Network Computing) to deliver to you a look at the trends, technologies, and threats that are emerging in the coming year. Download it today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Organizations have invested in a sweeping array of security technologies to address challenges associated with the growing number of cybersecurity attacks. However, the complexity involved in managing these technologies is emerging as a major problem. Read this report to find out what your peers biggest security challenges are and the technologies they are using to address them.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-3154
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
CRLF injection vulnerability in Zend\Mail (Zend_Mail) in Zend Framework before 1.12.12, 2.x before 2.3.8, and 2.4.x before 2.4.1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTTP headers and conduct HTTP response splitting attacks via CRLF sequences in the header of an email.
CVE-2019-17190
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
A Local Privilege Escalation issue was discovered in Avast Secure Browser 76.0.1659.101. The vulnerability is due to an insecure ACL set by the AvastBrowserUpdate.exe (which is running as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) when AvastSecureBrowser.exe checks for new updates. When the update check is triggered, the...
CVE-2014-8161
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to obtain sensitive column values by triggering constraint violation and then reading the error message.
CVE-2014-9481
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
The Scribunto extension for MediaWiki allows remote attackers to obtain the rollback token and possibly other sensitive information via a crafted module, related to unstripping special page HTML.
CVE-2015-0241
PUBLISHED: 2020-01-27
The to_char function in PostgreSQL before 9.0.19, 9.1.x before 9.1.15, 9.2.x before 9.2.10, 9.3.x before 9.3.6, and 9.4.x before 9.4.1 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code via a (1) large number of digits when processing a numeric ...