SECURITY: Greg Touhill’s Cyber Advice – Think Like a Hacker. DHS aims to get ahead of cybersecurity adversaries via automation tools, but the former U.S. CISO recommends a change of mindset as well. Read more

OPINION: Here’s Why Agencies Shouldn’t Give Up on Firewalls. There has been a lot of talk lately about the death of the security perimeter for computer networks, which is an especially sensitive topic for the federal government that helped to create the concept. Everyone seems to think it’s now impossible within cybersecurity to draw a line and keep bad guys on one side and authorized users on the other. Read the rest

ENTERPRISE: Keeping the Enterprise Secure in the Age of Mass Encryption. How can businesses ensure enterprise security in a world with mass encryption, given Mozilla’s revelations recently that over half of webpages loaded by Firefox use HTTPS. Find out

COMMENT: Securing the Government Cloud. What many government network defenders have forgotten is that security in a cloud environment is a shared responsibility. The cloud provider secures the internet and physical infrastructure, but the cloud customer is responsible for protecting its own data. FedRAMP and third-party certifications assure that the cloud provider is doing its part. But it is ultimately up to customers to ensure they’re taking steps to prevent, detect and respond to cyber adversaries during the attack lifecycle. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 2017 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-march-2017.

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.


Federal Government Cybersecurity – Daily Tech Update – April 27, 2017

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