STATE CIOS: State CIOs Struggle with Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing Amid Rampant Workforce Changes. For the U.S. to effectively digitize their infrastructure, the National Association of State CIOs said a stable and talented workforce is needed. Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, pinpointed cybersecurity, evolving service delivery models, workforce renewal, and the prevalence of data as the key challenges facing governments. Robinson also put forth measures to address them. Read more
WHY: Car-Hacking Could Threaten the Federal Government. The latest Government Accountability Office vehicle cybersecurity report found that modern cars, especially those made in 2015 or later, are highly susceptible to hacking that could allow for the remote takeover of the vehicle. The problem, according to the report, is that new systems and features, some of them for safety and some for comfort, are constantly being added to new models. Given that the federal government is the owner of one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the world, the cybersecurity health of such a valuable asset pool should probably be a priority. Read the rest
FEDERAL BUDGETS: Cybersecurity Goals to Guide Federal Software Spending. The U.S. government is on track to significantly boost spending on cybersecurity solutions. However, evolving requirements to greatly improve federal protection of information technology resources will shape that spending. In fact, federal cyberprotection goals should be augmented and significantly modified, according to recent studies of the federal market. The linkage between increased federal investing in cybersecurity and the requirements for bolstering IT protection are portrayed in two newly released reports. Find out more
CISO: Leading By Example: the Federal CISO and Cybersecurity Collaboration. In 2015, there were 781 known data breaches in the United States, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, exposing a staggering 169 million records. Records described as government/military accounted for 20.2 percent of those that were exposed via data breach, while healthcare accounted for 66.7 percent of compromised records. And given that many organizations do not report data breaches for fear of damaging their reputations, we know the true numbers are significantly higher. The new federal CISO will have their work cut out for them. We, as a nation, seem to be fighting a losing battle. Yet, with every challenge comes opportunity to disrupt the status quo. As the new CISO enters the volatile cybersecurity landscape, there are multiple areas in which he or she can have an impact through industry collaborations offering new technologies and innovations. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems May 2016 http://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-may-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.