The FBI is in the midst of a data crisis.
Of course, there’s no shortage of data for the bureau to process. The problem, as Christine Halvorsen explained Tuesday, is that criminal investigations generate more data than the bureau can handle manually.
“The solution is the adoption of cloud technology,” said Halvorsen, deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.
Speaking at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Halvorsen gave a benchmark for the proliferation data in terrorism investigations. After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, the FBI collected more than 50 terabytes of information on Tsarnaev brothers who conducted the attacks. Just four years later, investigating the mass shooting in Las Vegas generated more than a petabyte of data, or 20 times as much. That’s the new norm, Halvorsen said.