Digital key in pixeled keyholeENCYPTION

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Lawmakers Question FBI’s Push for Backdoors in Encrypted Devices. A bipartisan crew of 10 House lawmakers took FBI Director Christopher Wray to task Friday following an inspector general report that found the bureau rushed to court to force Apple to help it break into the encrypted iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook in 2015 without exploring other options. Read more

CISCO: Malware and Encrypted Traffic Will Challenge Federal Agencies. Hackers will continue to give U.S. government agencies headaches in the coming months thanks to an evolving malware market and their use of encryption to evade detection, Cisco declared in a new report. Read more

AGENCIES: Crypto Crumpling Could Solve the Encryption Conundrum. The battle between the federal government and tech companies over encryption heated up again recently when the Trump administration renewed a push to require companies to provide a “back door” into encrypted devices and applications. Read more.

FEDS: Pushing New Plan for Encrypted Mobile Device Unlocks via Court Order. The Department of Justice is pushing for a new industry proposal that would grant law enforcement access to encrypted digital devices with a warrant, according to a new report by The New York Times. For years, top federal law enforcement officials have advocated for a way to overcome what they call the “going dark” problem—the occasional inability to access data kept on an encrypted smartphone or tablet even when a judge has granted that authority. In recent months, the FBI director, among others, has emphasized the problem’s severity. Read more.


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 2018

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.


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