CIO: Execs From Outside IT Win Key CIO Jobs. Pressure to fulfill business goals forces companies to look for different breed of IT leaders. Eli Lilly & Co. this week reverses a long history of naming chief information officers with deep enterprise technology experience as Aarti Shah, a 22-year veteran at the drug company, takes the helm. But her appointment barely ranks as an outlier as Lilly and other companies look outside the traditional technology ranks for executive talent that boards and chief executives can hold accountable for business objectives. Read the rest

CTO: IRS’s Top Techie Leaves Citing Lapsed Critical Pay Authority. The IRS is losing its chief technology officer, Terry Milholland, due to a lapse in a 1998 statute that allowed for a higher pay band for select positions at the tax agency, according to Commissioner John Koskinen. In a June 29 email to staff, Koskinen said Milholland is the latest IT executive to leave since the Streamlined Critical Pay Authority — part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 — expired in 2013 without a congressional vote to renew. Find out more

CISO: Brown University Offers Ivy League CISO Creds. Freshly minted CISOs as well as other mid-career professionals with a need for a broad grounding in cybersecurity can get an advanced degree in the topic through a new program at Brown University. The Executive Master in Cybersecurity, set to launch in October, is a 16-month program to instruct students in technology, law and policy, human behavior, and leadership-skills development. “What the industry is crying out for is interdisciplinary training,” says Alan Usas, the program director. Read more

FEDERAL CIO: 4 Ways Government Agencies Can Improve Their Cybersecurity Fundamentals. Responding to the OPM breaches, Federal CIO Tony Scott initiated a month-long Cybersecurity Sprint calling on all agencies to evaluate and address security problems. This program yielded some positive results, including immediate improvements in authentication practices. Federal civilian agencies increased their use of strong authentication practices for privileged and unprivileged users by 30 percent during the sprint. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems June 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.


CIO, CTO & CISO – Daily Tech Update – July 7, 2016

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