EMAIL SECURITY: Encrypted Email Has a Major, Divisive Flaw. The ubiquitous email encryption schemes PGP and S/MIME are vulnerable to attack, according to a group of German and Belgian researchers who posted their findings on Monday. The weakness could allow a hacker to expose plaintext versions of encrypted messages—a nightmare scenario for users who rely on encrypted email to protect their privacy, security, and safety. Read more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Lawmakers Move to Block Government from Ordering Digital ‘Back Doors’. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have introduced legislation that would block the federal government from requiring technology companies to design devices with so-called back doors to allow law enforcement to access them. Read more
NIST: Starts Down Road Toward IoT Encryption. The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants comments on the best way to design criteria to evaluate new encryption standards for small computing devices. Read more
COMMUNICATION: Google and Android Are Still Failing Us on Messaging and Encryption. Refusing to offer default end-to-end encrypted messaging — nevermind across platforms — in 2018 is technological malpractice. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-april-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.