Royal Montserrat Police Service – Overseas Territories Regional Criminal Intelligence Systems (OCTRIS)

4th June, 2020

An Information Security Audit Report of the Auditor General on the Overseas Territories Regional Criminal Intelligence Systems (OCTRIS) was presented to the Legislative Assembly on May 19, 2020. 

Background

This Information Security (IS) Audit report assessed whether the OTRCIS software and the related computer and communication systems are properly secured against unauthorised access and modification of information whether in storage, processing, or transit, and against denial of service to authorised users.

Key Findings And Recommendations

  • OTRCIS software is very robust and secure with very stringent policies, procedures, and controls in place that ensure the safeguarding of OTRCIS-related computer equipment; and the data that is inserted in the forms, stored on the server, and transmitted across the network; against unauthorised access and modification.
  • However, we found that there were a number of non-operational systems at Police Headquarters and recommend that the RMPS renew their efforts to procure systems to ensure the full security of the building. 
  • Inspections revealed missing or no electrical fire extinguishers in some areas.  We note the existence of an emergency system comprising of fire alarms, smoke detectors, and temporary lock-up cell buzzers, installed at the Headquarters that was disconnected years ago by the vendors, after it malfunctioned.
  • Efforts should be made to replace and reinstate these equipment and systems to ensure the safety and security of personnel and GOM’s assets. 

The report in its entirety can be found at the Montserrat Public Library or by visiting Publications or by requesting an electronic copy from the Office of the Auditor General