SECURITY: Trump’s Cybersecurity Chief Could Be a ‘Voice of Reason’. According to cybersecurity policy watchers, Tom Bossert, a former homeland security official under George W. Bush, has a reputation for a measured approach that deeply contrasts with the Trump administration’s so-far volatile style. Donald Trump has tapped Bossert to be his homeland security adviser, effectively putting him in charge of the administration’s cybersecurity efforts. Find out more
FED GOVT HIRING: What Does Trump’s Hiring Freeze Mean for Federal Cyber Shortage? Some experts fear a temporary hiring freeze could exacerbate a chronic problem in the federal government: a widespread shortage of cybersecurity talent. According to Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, “A hiring freeze could signal to essential cybersecurity talent – especially those who might consider joining the public sector from higher-paying industry jobs – that there’s no need or desire for them in the federal government.” Find out more
HIRING: One in Three Cybersecurity Job Openings Go Begging, Survey Finds. The main problem of obtaining key talent in the realm of cyber security stems from a lack of qualified applicants.” That’s one of the findings of a recent survey of 633 IT security professionals, conducted and released by ISACA, which finds that demand for qualified cyber security professionals continues to outstrip supply. Find out more
STATE GOVT: States Call for Collaboration with Federal Government on Cybersecurity. With a new presidential administration in town, the chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors Association called for more collaboration between the federal government and states on cybersecurity. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, NGA’s chair, said governors across the nation are ready to work with the Trump administration and the 115th Congress on issues like cybersecurity and more over the course of 2017. Find out more
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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.