Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $639,414)
The Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) is focused on the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of data made available to criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. The need for robust infrastructures and enhanced security is highly necessary to meet these service goals. The HCJDC is committed to the services provided through the statewide criminal history repository, CJIS-Hawaii, as data is also transmitted to the national systems via CJIS-Hawaii. The HCJDC will use funds for the following areas: 1) Infrastructure, security, and staff training. Infrastructure enhancements harden the security of data at rest and during transmission while providing a reliable data backup and recovery mechanism. System improvements ensure data integrity and system-to-system communication and data capture capabilities. Network maintenance and enhancements ensure a secure and robust connection between systems. It also provides proactive monitoring to prevent cyberattacks and data loss. Over the last year, the HCJDC has been challenged with legislative bills and high staff turnover. High amounts of staff turnover in such a short timeframe have left the remaining HCJDC staff with little time for knowledge transfers and training. HCJDC managers are looking to support the staff with opportunities to attend training, workshops, and conferences to gain knowledge first-hand. 2) County Infrastructure and Records Improvement. The County of Hawaii Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is requesting funding to: Address upgrades and end-of-life equipment; build interfaces with external data systems to send and receive information electronically; increase system performance and build service redundancy; and equip staff with tools to efficiently perform daily duties.