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READ: Keep Your Eyes on the Threat Horizon to Improve Incident Response. Today’s security professionals must contend with Internet of Things (IoT) data leaks, fragmented cloud infrastructures due to regulations, augmented intelligence (AI)-powered malware and more. This is just a small sample of the emerging threats looming in the shadows of cybersecurity. Why should you care about tomorrow’s threats today? If you have a better idea of what’s coming over the threat horizon, you can create a better incident response plan to limit or prevent these threats from affecting your data, business and customers. Luckily, forward-looking studies such as the Information Security Forum (ISF)’s “Threat Horizon 2020” report allow business leaders and chief information security officers (CISOs) to better strategize and develop a proactive security system. Read more

CYBERSECURITY: Hackers Adapting to Government Adversaries. A new threat report from Cisco found that hacker are increasingly able to mask their presence and take advantage of security vulnerabilities inherent in two popular technologies — the cloud and internet-of-things devices — to gain network access. The report highlights how malicious actors are using increasingly sophisticated methods to hide and obscure the presence and intent of their actions from government cyber watchdogs. Read more

ACROSS THE USA: Is Critical Infrastructure Vulnerable to Catastrophic Attack? Government organizations across the country, from small towns in sparsely populated areas to major cities in swing states, have an incredibly high risk of cyber-attack in the months leading up to this year’s midterm elections. Critical infrastructure systems are particularly at risk, as the implementations of new ‘smart’ technologies have expanded the surface area for hackers. Read more

ANOTHER VIEW: A Simple Proposal to Help Fix Corporate America’s Cybersecurity Problem. Despite recent data breaches, we continue to entrust our personal information to businesses without any standard for judging how safe it is. It doesn’t have to be that way. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 2018

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.


Incident Response – Daily Tech Update – May 9, 2018

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