CYBER GRAND CHALLENGE: Supercomputers Give a Glimpse of Cybersecurity’s Automated Future. Giant refrigerator-sized supercomputers battled each other in a virtual contest to show that machines can find software vulnerabilities. The result: the supercomputers time and time again detected simulated flaws in software. It represents a technological achievement in vulnerability detection, at a time when it can take human researchers on average a year to find software flaws. The hope is that computers can do a better job and perhaps detect and patch the flaws within months, weeks, or even days. Read the rest

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: OPM Lays Out Timeline for ID’ing Cybersecurity Workforce. The Office of Personnel Management laid out new requirements for agencies to comply with the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act. The law, which was packaged in December’s budget bill, calls on OPM to help agencies identify IT and cybersecurity positions throughout the federal government, classifying them to keep better track of vacancies and required certifications for those employees. Find out more

ADVISER: Cybersecurity Tips for Every Business. Every business faces its own information security risks. Here are 13 common principles at the heart of any enterprise’s information security profile. The order is not necessarily important, but a comprehensive approach is. Read more

ELECTRONIC VOTING: US Cyber Pros Say Hackers Could Hit Electronic Voting Machines Next. U.S. cyber security professionals say suspected foreign hackers who recently attacked computer systems of the Democratic Party could do something even more sinister in the future. The cyber pros said U.S. electronic voting systems are likely to be among the next targets. Read more


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


Cybersecurity – Daily Tech Update – August 8, 2016

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