CISCO: Cisco Patches Severe Default Password Security Issue in Network Hardware. Cisco has patched another hard-coded, default password problem which gives cyberattackers root access to devices. Read more

MICROSOFT: Microsoft Fixes Flash Flaw in IE and Edge Browsers. Users of Windows Vista through Windows 10 advised to patch immediately. Read more

DRUPAL: Patches 10 Security Flaws, Critical Issues. The content management system’s latest security update includes fixes for issues including remote code execution. Read more

WINDOWS: Keeping Track of Windows Updates. At least once a month, Microsoft invades your Windows 7 computer with so-called improvements. If you have no idea what they are, how can you find out? Read more


LINUX: Tune Up Your Databases! MySQLTuner is a Perl script that checks your local (or remote) MySQL server and gives recommendations for improving security and performance. Read the rest

NoSQL: 10 Tips for Integrating NoSQL Databases in Your Business. NoSQL databases provide the agility, scalability, performance and availability to support many applications today, but implementing them is not always easy. Here are 10 tips for integrating NoSQL systems in your organization. Read more

DOD: A Prime Target for Cyberattacks. Databases, storing tactical and various other types of sensitive information, are widely used across the Department of Defense. Yet a growing number of defense technology industry observers, including Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, believe that DoD is misapplying its security resources, prioritizing overall network protection over what has become the prime target of most attackers. Read more

CLOUD: NoSQL in the Cloud: A Scalable Alternative to Relational Databases. If you are using a traditional relational database you may find yourself working on a complex policy for distributing your database load across multiple database instances. This solution will often present a lot of problems and probably won’t be great at elastically scaling. Why not consider using a cloud-based NoSQL database as an alternative? Read more


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.

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

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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