HACKING METHODS: Social Engineering is Top Hacking Method, Survey Shows. Social engineering tops the list of popular hacking methods, underlining the need for continuous monitoring, according to security firm Balabit. Read more

HOW TO: Best Migrate and Secure Healthcare Applications. Ensuring secure healthcare applications can be challenging for covered entities, but it can be successfully accomplished. Find out how. Read more

IRS: Halts Cyber Attack. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released details about a cyber attack upon its Electronic Filing PIN application. IRS officials said they identified unauthorized attempts involving approximately 464,000 unique Social Security Numbers (SSNs), of which 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully access an E-file PIN. Read more

OPERATIONS: A Proactive Approach To Incident Response: 7 Benefits. How Implementing a Digital Forensic Readiness Program Maximizes the Value of Digital Evidence. The concept of digital forensic readiness focuses on two basic principles: 1) to maximize an organization’s ability to gather digital evidence and 2) to minimize the cost of investigations. Instead of the traditional reactive response to security incidents, digital forensic readiness acknowledges the fact that events will occur, and helps to make the most efficient use of electronically stored information (ESI) to mitigate data loss and risk. Here are six examples of how digital forensic readiness can enhance an organization’s proactive approach to incident response. Read more


ADOBE: Rolls Out New Enterprise App Creation Service. The Experience Manager Mobile service can help business users without a lot of coding know-how to build professional-looking apps. Find out more

CIOs: Why CIOs Need to Plan for API Deprecation. As the strategic value of APIs continue to grow, so do the risks associated with the common act of updating or retiring them. Read more

STACKS: Beware of One-Click, Fuss-Free Application Stacks. Prebuilt stacks offer a handy shortcut, but sometimes the shortcut leads to a longer journey. Read more

QUESTION: How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom App? Thanks to advances in app-building technology and a changing mindset, the answer may surprise you. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems January 2016

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.


FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – February 23, 2016

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