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STRATEGY: Cloud Computing…Three Strategies for Making the Most of On-Demand. The cloud computing tipping point will vary for different companies, which means different approaches are needed. Read more

SECURITY: Meltdown and Spectre Target Cloud Computing Environments. Hackers could target cloud computing environments to exploit the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but AWS, Microsoft and Google say their fixes are enough to bar the doors. Read more

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: DoD Reshuffles Panel Tasked with Speedy Adoption of Cloud Computing. The panel of senior leaders the Defense Department appointed to help speed up its adoption of cloud computing is undergoing notable changes to its membership less than four months after it was first created. The Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG) will grow from five voting members to seven, but will no longer be led by Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, according to a memo signed by deputy Defense secretary Patrick Shanahan last week. Lord had been the chairwoman of the board since its inception on Sept. 13. Read more.

PREDICTIONS: How Cloud Heavyweights Microsoft, Amazon And IBM Will Transform Cloud Computing In 2018. While each of the three biggest and most-influential cloud-computing vendors—Microsoft, Amazon and IBM—will pursue markedly different strategies in 2018, their individual influences will coalesce around several key initiatives that will radically reshape the cloud marketplace for years to come. Those initiatives reflect the rapid—and welcome—evolution of the cloud business away from the tech-obsessed and jargon-jammed discussions that dominate the early days of emerging marketplaces, and toward the development of more customer-centric products, services, positioning and messaging. Read more.

NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems December 2017

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.


Cloud Computing – Daily Tech Update – January 11, 2018

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