FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: John McCain Threatens to Subpoena Apple CEO Tim Cook to Talk Encryption with Feds. “We now find ourselves at what is a complete impasse [in the encryption debate], and it is time I urge for congress to step in and break that impasse,” said one former assistant attorney general. Read the rest

GOOGLE: Testing a Chrome Browser that Adds Post-Quantum Encryption. In a truly forward-thinking move, Google is getting serious about the effort to future-proof internet security: users of the tech giant’s test-phase browser, Chrome Canary, can start testing a so-called post-quantum cryptographic technology aimed at making users immune from next-next-generation cryptographic attacks. Find out more

EMAIL: Simple Security – How Gmail, Mailvelope, and Virtru Make Encrypted Email Easier. Encrypting your email is a great step towards more secure communication. Gmail, Mailvelope, and Virtru can help streamline your encrypted email efforts. Read more

OPINION: An Encryption Commission Is A Waste Of Time. Members of Congress are looking to create an encryption commission that would “get the answers we need” on the issue of encryption and digital security. Will this really help? Read the rest


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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.


Encryption – Daily Tech Update – July 19, 2016

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