OPEN SOURCE: GPG Sync Simplifies Encryption Key Management. Open source project GPG Sync makes it easier for organizations already using GPG to encrypt email messages to manage different user keys. Read more

SECURITY: How Federal Agencies Can Improve Cybersecurity with Better Data Encryption. Recent data breaches within the government show the importance of protecting data itself and not just erecting perimeter security. Find out more

STATE GOVERNMENT: Maryland Government Adopts Email Encryption Tool with NSA Roots. The Maryland state government has adopted an email encryption system first developed by the NSA so that employees can share sensitive information with one another. Virtru, a company founded by a former National Security Agency employee to market the technology, announced Thursday that after a pilot program in the prisons department some 15,000 employees are now using the system. Find out more

INTERVIEW: Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security. Ron Wyden, a Democratic senator from Oregon, has been a leading voice on the side of encryption and against giving the Justice Department more power to get consumer data from tech companies. Mr. Wyden, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently talked to The New York Times about the privacy-versus-security debate. 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 – October 18, 2016

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