DATA PRIVACY: The Irony in the FBI’s Request to Unlock the iPhone. In its rush, the agency slammed the one door to gaining access to the iPhone’s data. Read more

DOD: Pentagon Invites Hackers In and Backs Encryption. The Pentagon has invited external experts to hack into its systems in the first such test of its cybersecurity measures. Read more

INFLUENCERS: Incoming Federal CISO Can Improve US Government’s Cybersecurity. The person who fills the newly created US chief information security officer position will be able to improve the government’s cybersecurity, a 77 percent majority of Passcode’s pool of digital security experts said. Read more

AGILE DEVELOPMENT: When Agile Development is Change Management in Disguise. The secret power of agile development for federal agencies’ citizen-facing services and capabilities isn’t so much getting projects done more efficiently and possibly saving money, according Environmental Protection Agency CTO Greg Godbout. It’s really about seeding the government with new ideas that will take hold and steer it in a new direction for planning and acquisition and ultimately serve the public’s needs, he said. Read more


YAHOO: Don’t Laugh: Yahoo’s Open Source AI Has a Secret Weapon. Yet another tech giant is sharing its artificial intelligence know-how with the world. Yahoo has published the source code to its CaffeOnSpark AI engine so that anyone from academic researchers to big corporations can use or modify it. Read the rest

MITRE: Shares an Open Source FHIR Testing Tool. Crucible is a tool that was created to help developers identify errors in FHIR applications. Funding from MITRE Corp. has made it possible for the software to be offered as an open-source project with an Apache license. Using the web interface at ProjectCrucible.org, a developer can run 228 test suites that include over 2,000 tests of the FHIR specification. Read more

APPS: 6 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here are some of the best open source and free apps for your heterogeneous environment. Read more

EDUCATION: Open-Source Textbooks Gain in Push for College Affordability. The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut in Storrs has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero. An early adopter of open source textbooks, Neth said he turned to the new technology out of frustration with spiraling prices of commercial textbooks. Read more


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.

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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.


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