3RD PLATFORM: How Will It Impact State, Local Governments in 2016? (Industry Perspective). The innovative powerhouse of cloud computing, mobile, big data and social media has been deemed by IDC as the “3rd Platform.” Here’s a look at each component and the potential it brings for public sector. Read more

CALIFORNIA: New Digital Innovation Office Aims to Create Apps for Residents. The Golden State also wants to collaborate with other states using open source data and technologies. Read more

CIO: Cybersecurity Startups Face Tougher Path to IPO. The security industry’s largest annual conference, which started Monday in San Francisco, is held just two blocks from the former sand dunes where Gold Rush-era prospectors encamped in an area known as Happy Valley. The mood at the RSA Conference this year may not be quite as happy as it was in the recent past, as security startups find it more difficult to realize ambitions for an IPO. Read more

WINDOWS 10: Security Boost Targets Business PCs. Microsoft launches a new Windows 10 security feature designed to give IT leaders more insight into recognizing and addressing cyber-attacks. Read more


SECURITY: DB Networks Launches Real-Time Database Security Sensor. By integrating this sensor into their products, security OEMs provide their customers with more usage detail and metrics from data-tier cyber-threats. Read the rest

MongoDB: Security, and How Not to Get Stung. Recently, Microsoft got roundly savaged for a database security leak. In the back and forth, MongoDB’s database security got caught in the crossfire. Find out why MongoDB was mistakenly blamed. Read more

DATA PROTECTION: Safeguarding Databases Against Insider Threats. While phishing, malware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and similar types of external threats rightfully receive significant attention from organizations, they only represent one aspect of the threat equation. Insider threats are the other piece of this puzzle and can be equally damaging. Read more

HOMELAND SECURITY: Visa Waiver Program Now Includes Daily Database Check. A change to how Customs and Border Protection vets applicants for the Visa Waiver Program is helping prevent a potential blind spot in the process, the agency’s chief told a House panel on March 1. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems February 2016

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.

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.


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