CLOUD SECURITY SURVEY: Cloud Stampede Is On, But Who’s Watching Security? A survey by Intel and the Cloud Security Alliance finds that the use of cloud services is increasing, but more in-depth security measures are needed. The growing number of cloud services being used here and in Europe reflects a fundamental trend: Enterprise IT managers still don’t fully trust the cloud, but they trust it more than they used to. Asked if their organization trusts the cloud more now than it did a year ago, 3% said no, 20% said they didn’t know, and 77% said yes. Read more

GOOGLE: Apologizes for Cloud Service Turbulence. The search giant’s cloud computing service briefly went offline last week, which led to Google apologizing for the hiccup, promising to refund customers for the problem. Read the rest

PRIVACY: Shortened URLs Present Huge Privacy Problem for Cloud Services. A new research paper has identified flaws in automatic URL shortening, such as, which expose the private data of cloud services users. In the study, titled “Gone in Six Characters: Short URLs Considered Harmful for Cloud Services,” the team, led by Martin Georgiev and Vitaly Shmatikov, outlined that for many services it was very easy to identify the full URL through trial and error, and uncover private information from cloud storage files and mapping requests. Read more

CIOs: Microsoft Azure to Outpace Amazon Web Services as Cloud Market Soars. Amazon is currently the biggest cloud service vendor with revenue of nearly $8 billion, but many expect Microsoft Azure to outpace its rival as demand for cloud service soars. Read more


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