ENCRYPTION: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People. WhatsApp is an online messaging service now owned by tech giant Facebook, that has grown into one of the world’s most important applications. More than a billion people trade messages, make phone calls, send photos, and swap videos using the service. This means that only Facebook itself runs a larger self-contained communications network. The enigmatic founders of WhatsApp, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, together with a high-minded coder and cryptographer who goes by the pseudonym Moxie Marlinspike, revealed that the company has added end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on its service. Read the rest

NIST: 43% of IT, Security Pros using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. 84 percent of U.S.-based IT and security professionals said they use a security framework to guide their processes for protecting critical assets and systems, and 44 percent said they use more than one framework, according to a new report. Read more

CYBER SOFT SPOTS: The Soft Spots in IT Security? People and Old Tech. The $3.1 billion IT modernization plan in President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2017 budget, according to federal CIO Tony Scott, is key to closing a big federal security hole — aging technology. Read more

DATA CENTER: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Requires Policy-based Security. When adopting HCI, enterprises must look at security through the lens of the application versus the network. Read more

NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 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.


IT Security – Daily Tech Update – April 11, 2016

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