THE CHALLENGE: The Encryption Challenge. IT managers know the movies get it wrong. A teenager with a laptop cannot crack multiple layers of encryption — unless that laptop is connected to a supercomputer somewhere and the teenager can afford to wait a few billion years. Encryption works. It works so well that even the government gets stymied, as demonstrated by the lengths to which the FBI went to access an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters. Read more
POLITICAL TECH: Tech Groups Call on Presidential Candidates to Support Encryption, Embrace Other IT Issues. U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users’ data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, IT trade groups say. While the FBI and some lawmakers have pushed in recent months for encryption workarounds in criminal investigations, presidential candidates should “recognize encryption as a critical security tool,” 13 tech trade organizations said in a set of tech policy recommendations released late Wednesday. Read the rest
BIG BROTHER: Encryption and Lack of Trust in Big Brother. The FBI wanted data that Apple didn’t have access to and attempted to force Apple to construct a backdoor. Find out more
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Draft Encryption Bill Puts Rule of Law Above Privacy Concerns. A discussion draft leaked online of the first legislation to tackle the heated encryption debate that has pit law enforcement agencies seeking access against privacy and consumer advocates lobbying to maintain strong security. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 2016 http://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-april-2016.
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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.