BYOD: NIST Updates BYOD Guidance for Teleworking Feds. Most agencies have some kind of bring-your-own-device policy, ranging from prohibition to qualified acceptance. However, when federal employees are teleworking, some BYOD creep can’t be helped – even if an employee is using a government laptop, they’re connecting over their personal WiFi. At the same time, instances of malware tend to spike during holidays, snowstorms and any other time people are spending more time than usual at home. To help agencies cope, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently updated its telework BYOD guidance. Read more

IT SECURITY: Federal Government Focuses on Increasing IT Security Spend. Network defenses tops the list of technologies the U.S. government plans to increase its spending on in the next 12 months, following by analysis and correlation tools, according to security vendor Vormetric’s 2016 Federal Data Threat Report. Read more

CLOUD: eSignLive Added to FedRAMP-compliant Cloud Offering. The digital signature offering has long been in use at the Joint Chiefs of Staff and GSA, among other agencies. Federal agencies looking to use digital signatures in a secure cloud environment now have an option: eSignLive has partnered with a FedRAMP compliant provider in order to bring its software to the government. Read more

SECURITY: The Changes That Could Be Coming to Federal Cybersecurity R&D. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have defended the government’s Einstein cybersecurity system as well as the Obama Administration’s request for $19 billion in cybersecurity funding for fiscal 2017, a 35 percent increase from last fiscal year’s $14 billion. But as cybersecurity research and development (R&D) for federal agencies is being plotted into the next decade, current and former government officials argue that the administration needs to rethink those R&D efforts. The federal government must try and   resolve the tension between security and convenience of IT systems. Read more


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MORE FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS BLOG: 12 Ways to Empower Government Users With the Microsoft Business Intelligence (MBI) Stack http://www.bluemt.com/12-ways-to-empower-government-users-with-the-microsoft-business-intelligence-mbi-stack/.

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.


Federal Government IT – Daily Tech Update – April 4, 2016

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