PETYA: Cyber-attack was About Data and Not Money, Say Experts. The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded a payment to unlock files it scrambled on infected machines. However, a growing number of researchers now believe the program was launched just to destroy data.
Experts point to “aggressive” features of the malware that make it impossible to retrieve key files. Read more
OPINION: Why Cybersecurity Should Be The Biggest Concern Of 2017. Professional hacker Cesar Cerrudo believes most technology is vulnerable and can be hacked. Some experts predict that by 2020 there will be 200 billion connected things. Cars, planes, homes, cities, and even animals are being connected. As technology becomes more and more deeply integrated into our lives, Cerrudo believes our dependence on technology makes us vulnerable if technology fails. Read more
SECURITY THINK TANK: Patching is Vital and Essentially a Risk Management Exercise. How should organisations address the need to keep software up to date with security patches without it costing too much or being too labour intensive? Find out more
MICROSOFT: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – What’s Coming on the Security Front. Microsoft will be adding a number of new security features to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, but for Enterprise and Windows Server users only. Read more
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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.