PLANNING: Obama Has a Plan to Fix Cybersecurity, But Its Success Depends on Trump. The White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released the results of a nine-month study of America’s cybersecurity problems. Its recommendations, in a hundred-page report, cover a lot of ground. It proposes fixing the shambolic security of internet-of-things consumer devices like routers and webcams, re-organizing responsibility for the cybersecurity of federal agencies, and fostering a new generation of skilled American cybersecurity experts, among other actionable steps. Read more

VIDEO: NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2016 Cybersecurity professionals talk about what the Cybersecurity Framework means to their organizations. The Framework, which was created through collaboration between industry and government, consists of standards, guidelines, and practices to promote the protection of critical infrastructure. The prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the Framework helps owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk. Find out more

FUTURE: The Trump Effect on Cybersecurity: Tough to Tell. Donald Trump’s effect on cybersecurity after he’s sworn in as president next month will likely be toward military uses of cyber weapons and stronger tools for law enforcement to crack encryption, but the impact is hard to predict due to the vagueness of his proposals so far. The most detailed Trump cyber plan is just 175 words long and includes some initiatives that sound like what’s already in place. Find out more

DATA BRIEFING: Cybersecurity Culture Shift is More Than People, Official Says. The government is still constantly inundated with cyber attacks and the weakest link is not the computers, but the humans using them. Rod Turk, the acting deputy chief information officer for the Commerce Department, recognizes that, but getting government employees to abide by the cybersecurity rules set out for them is a tough job. That’s why IT managers need a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity and cybersecurity training. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems November 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 – December 12, 2016

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