TRANSPORTATION: Metro Cybersecurity Audit Highlights Growing Concerns at Agencies Across the Country. Washington DC-area Metro officials say they plan to focus on improving security throughout the transit system after a classified inspector general’s report concluded that the agency remains vulnerable to hacks and attacks that could imperil safety and day-to-day operations. Read more
STATES: With Russian Hacking Fresh in Mind, Washington State Beefs Up Elections Cybersecurity. Exercises that simulate a hacking attempt. Assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with higher-level security clearances for top state officials. A Washington National Guard contingent ramping up to go on alert. In years past, you might have mistaken these preparations as defense against a foreign invasion. But in Washington, in 2018, this is what officials are doing to safeguard the state’s elections systems. Read more
QUESTION: Why Are So Many Execs Sleeping On Cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is like fire prevention: Sure, your house is probably not going to catch on fire this year, but you install smoke detectors and pay your insurance premiums anyway. In fact, these days, it’s much more likely you’ll wake up to find your business has been shut down by hackers than arriving home to a pile of smoldering embers where your house used to be. And yet there are many business leaders who are resistant to investing in systems and training to protect against cyberattacks. Read more
OPERATIONS: 6 Ways Greed Has a Negative Effect on Cybersecurity. The security industry can both make money and stay true to its core values. Here are six prominent examples of how greed is taking us further away from solving the problems we face. Read 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.