CITIES: As Cities Get Smarter, Hackers Become More Dangerous. This Could Stop Them. As governments create smarter cities, they need cybersecurity measures built from the ground up – or they risk costly data breaches which could compromise the privacy of their citizens. Find out more

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Looking to the Feds for Help in Fighting Cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are unrelenting in their attacks on state and local government computer networks, which contain detailed personal and business information — such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers and even bank account or credit card numbers — on millions of people and companies. Now, state and local officials are hoping Congress will give them some help in fending off the constant threat. Find out more

INSURANCE: How AIG’s Cyber Security Gamble Could Pay Off. American International Group (AIG) has recently begun offering personal cyber security insurance plans to individuals. The company appears to be riding a wave of individuals’ fears about losing online data or having their bank accounts emptied, and should find success with wealthier customers who have a lot to lose. But it remains to be seen whether ordinary consumers will come to regard cyber security insurance as a necessary expense. Find out more

NIST: Must Audit Federal Cybersecurity Because DHS Isn’t, Hill Staffer Says. A senior House science committee staffer Friday defended controversial legislation expanding the authorities of the government’s cybersecurity standards agency, saying it’s necessary because other agencies aren’t stepping up to the job. The bill, which passed the committee nearly entirely with Republican support earlier this month, would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to audit agencies’ cyber protections within two years, giving priority to the most at-risk agencies. Find out more


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


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