LEADERSHIP: A Lack Of Cybersecurity Funding And Expertise Threatens U.S. Infrastructure. Most leaders in infrastructure-related industries take cyber risk seriously, but their public sector counterparts need to start addressing vulnerabilities with more urgency. Many experts and pundits are already pressuring lawmakers and regulators to take more decisive action across all of our physical systems. Despite this pressure, there are a number of obstacles that need to be addressed alongside the implementation of new policies. Read more
IRS: What the IRS Computer Crash Can Tell Us About Cybersecurity. Based on what’s public information so far, there is no reason to believe that the Tax Day computer crash which prompted the Internal Revenue Service to delay its filing deadline was the work of hackers, foreign or domestic. Even so, one can identify a few things of value to those dealing with cybersecurity in government. Read more
IDAHO: State Government Beefs Up Cybersecurity. The state of Idaho has been working since the appointment of Jeff Weak, director of information security, in January to improve the security of its online information. Read more
VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT: VA Must Show Sustained Progress with Cybersecurity for Auditors to Give Their Seal of Approval. The Veterans Affairs Department’s cybersecurity has been deemed a material weakness longer than the Federal Information Security Management Act and its predecessor the Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA) have been in existence. And for the 19th straight year, VA’s inspector general determined the agency’s progress was not enough to bring it off the bad list. Read more
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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.