COMPUTING: End-to-End Encryption Isn’t Enough Security for “Real People”. Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. And it ignores the fact that governments have other ways to keep an electronic eye on targets of investigations. Read more
HOW TO: Use Data Encryption Tools and Techniques Effectively. Data protection does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. Understand which encryption tools and methods best fit different scenarios. Read the rest
FYI: A Security Solution that’s Simple for Government, Tough for Attackers. Over the last few decades, the U.S. government created more than 100,000 custom digital applications. These apps continue to serve different purposes and live at different levels within the government — spanning teams, departments, organizations and even entire agencies. At a federal level, the government manages terabytes of both anonymized and personally identifiable information (PII). But with such a mammoth amount of information, how does the government keep its data safe? Find out more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: After Huge Hack, OPM Still Hasn’t Learned Its Lesson. The government’s personnel office still isn’t adequately protecting its computer networks two years after a massive data breach that compromised highly sensitive security clearance information of over 20 million current and former federal employees and their families, a congressional watchdog reported in early August. 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.