EDUCATION: Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group. The Computer Science Teachers Association (CTSA) is working on a cybersecurity certification program for computer science educators, so they can better teach students about computer security. Read more

SHORTAGE: High-Demand Cybersecurity Skill Sets. Specialized cybersecurity skills around cloud computing represent the biggest gap. According to ESG research, 46 percent of organizations say they have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2016. By comparison, 28 percent of organizations claimed to have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2015. That means there has been an 18 percent year-over-year increase. Read the rest

DEFENSE: DISA Unveils New Cybersecurity Review. The Defense Information Systems Agency unveiled a cybersecurity review process on May 9 that takes an agile, “outside-in” assessment of the resources and technologies the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) needs to defend itself against attack. Find out more

FDIC: Reports Five ‘Major Incidents’ of Cybersecurity Breaches Since Fall. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) on Monday retroactively reported to Congress that five additional “major incidents” of data breaches have occurred since Oct. 30. FDIC also is launching “a new initiative to enhance security.” The incidents involved the breach of taxpayers’ personally identifiable information. In each case, employees with legitimate access to the information were leaving the agency when they inadvertently downloaded the data along with personal files. The individuals involved provided affidavits saying the data was not shared. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 2016

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Find out more about Paul T. Vesely, Founder, President, CEO and Principal Architect of Blue Mountain Data Systems. Paul Vesely is a recognized leader in systems architecture, having designed and delivered many database and document processing systems ranging from work group LANs to enterprise-wide solutions. His goal is to minimize the impact of cultural change in organizations where myriad job functions of document management and workflow are affected. Read more about Paul Vesely’s experience.

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 – May 11, 2016

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