Cambridge Unifies All Emergency Workers with CJIS-compliant VPN from Columbitech

Replacement of legacy systems with mobile VPN provides secure and persistent wireless access from all computers, including Apple iOS, Mac OS, Android and Windows.

Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, announced today that police, fire and dispatch workers in Cambridge, a city of 106,000 in the Greater Boston area, now use Columbitech Mobile VPN to securely access case notes and dispatch information from smartphones, tablet computers and laptops in compliance with the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services policy.

Columbitech Mobile VPN supports Apple iOS, Mac OS, Android and Windows devices. It replaces three legacy VPN solutions and has been deployed on laptops and smartphones in police cars and fire trucks as well as by employees connecting from home and from remote offices. In addition, Columbitech Mobile VPN is speeding up the rollout of tablets to police investigators by providing secure wireless access to criminal data in the field.

“Columbitech has allowed us to unify all VPN users on one CJIS-compliant VPN platform,” says Stephen Maywalt, information systems manager of the city of Cambridge. “By streamlining our VPN strategy we have considerably reduced the license and support cost as well as the workload for the IT department, and we can now fully take advantage of the mobile technology.”

Columbitech Mobile VPN is FIPS 140-2-validated by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and compliant with the CJIS policy for law enforcement agencies using wireless technology to connect to federal systems. It uses up to 256-bit AES encryption of all wirelessly transmitted data and supports advanced two-factor authentication for secure access. The city of Cambridge uses unique client certificates in combination with Microsoft Active Directory to ensure CJIS-compliant identification.

In addition, Columbitech Mobile VPN resolves issues with dropped connections for emergency workers operating in densely populated areas with interference. Columbitech Mobile VPN creates a persistent connection between the mobile device and the server. Users authenticate once and stay connected throughout the shift even if the device loses the connection or roams to another network.

“The unique combination of CJIS compliance, advanced mobility features and multiplatform support gives Columbitech a unique position in the marketplace,” says Tobias Englund, vice president of Columbitech. “No matter what device you are using, we can secure it.”

About Columbitech

Columbitech provides a mobile VPN solution with patented session persistence and advanced data optimizations for M2M, Android, iOS, Windows and Linux, using FIPS 140-2-validated cryptography for compliance with the FBI CJIS requirements and DoD policies. The solution is available as a Micro VPN SDK, which enables integration of VPN features to any mobile application, providing instant compliance with legislative regulations as well as an enhanced user experience. In addition, the mobile VPN addresses the challenges of BYOD with features such as management of security certificates and dynamic access via the cloud or directly on premise.