USDA: Ramps Up Cloud Service Strategy. As director of the Department of Agriculture’s relatively new cloud strategy and policy office, Tony Cossa is working to build out department’s cloud services and drive a cultural change inside and across government agencies. Read more

RANSOMWARE: Ransomware a Threat to Cloud Services, Too. Ransomware – malicious software that encrypts the victim’s files and holds them hostage unless and until the victim pays a ransom in Bitcoin – has emerged as a potent and increasingly common threat online. But many Internet users are unaware that ransomware also can just as easily seize control over files stored on cloud services. Read more

ENTERPRISE: Are Enterprises Taking On More Cloud Services Than They Can Handle? Does it make sense to have a lot of clouds doing different things for the enterprise? A recent study suggests enterprises may be taking on more cloud services that they can handle. What is a solid threshold for cloud service adoption? Read more

MICROSOFT: Microsoft to Donate Cloud Services Worth $1 Billion Over 3 Years. Microsoft Corp. will donate cloud services worth more than $1 billion to nonprofit groups over the next three years in a bid to “advance the public good” and help solve some of the world’s toughest problems, President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said. Read more


PROJECT MANAGERS: Project Managers Are Great Change Managers Too. Driving transformational change can seem like an insurmountable challenge. But you may already have more resources at your disposal than you think. Read more

BEST PRACTICES: 5 Reasons You Didn’t Get That Last Project Management Job. You wanted a job or tried for a career move that didn’t happen. Here are five top reasons why you maybe didn’t land the position. Read more

THE CLOUD: Managing Projects in the Cloud. Technology is moving to the cloud. We no longer use our precious SSD space to store the pictures from our recent holidays. Our personal files are located on Dropbox, Google Drive or any other storage or sharing service. This not only helps in keeping the files safe from the hardware malfunctions, but also assists in sharing the data with our networks. Besides these obvious incentives there are a growing number of reasons to use cloud-based project management. Read more

cURL: How to cURL the JIRA Project Management API. The cURL project is the cross-browser command line utility for transferring files using various protocols. The project consists of two products; curl is the CLU for sending or receiving files using URL syntax; libcurl is the client-side URL transfer library that supports a range of protocols, including FTP, IMAP, SMTP and HTTPS, among many others. Learn more


BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.

CALL BLUE MOUNTAIN FOR IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

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