DNC: Says Hack Attack Was Actually Just a Cybersecurity Test. The Democratic National Committee now believes its database of voters was the target of a third-party test of its cybersecurity and not a cyber-attack, according to party officials. Read more
FYI: The Most Effective Defense is Proactive Cybersecurity. Your network is under siege. If you’ve been working in IT or IT security for more than 15 minutes, you should be aware that there’s a seemingly endless array of attackers and exploits trying to infiltrate your network, compromise your servers and applications, and steal your data every day. The thing that separates effective cybersecurity from poor cybersecurity is just how proactive your network defenses are—do you respond to threats, or react? Read more
CHRONICLE: One of Google’s Newest Sister Companies is Almost Ready to Go After the $96 Billion Cybersecurity Industry on a ‘Planet Scale’. Chronicle is one of Alphabet’s newest “Other Bets,” the group of Google’s sister companies that are hoping to stumble on the next big thing in tech, such as self-driving cars (Waymo) or high-speed internet access in remote areas (Loon). And cybersecurity is a potentially massive opportunity for Alphabet. Research firm Gartner predicts cybersecurity spending will hit $96 billion in 2018, and only increase from there. Read more
STATES: Ramp Up Election Protections Ahead of Midterms with $380 Million in Federal Funds. With just three months until the midterms, states are spending an infusion of federal money to hire experts, add layers of security and adopt paper trails to thwart cyberthreats to their election systems. “There is no going back to the way things were,” said Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, co-chair of the Elections Committee at the National Association of Secretaries of States. “We have to constantly be wary and face the facts that our elections are under threat at an international level. We have to safeguard our democracy.” 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.