FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: New Rule Puts Onus on Contractors to Tighten IT Security. It is official: The government requires minimum cybersecurity standards for contractors that store sensitive information in their IT systems. A new rule aimed at systems that store controlled unclassified information and classified information is one result of the White House’s 2010 executive order aimed at bolstering CUI protections. “Systems that contain classified information, or CUI such as personally identifiable information, require more than the basic level of protection,” a May 16 Federal Register notice states. The regulation was issued by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA. Read more

HOW TO: Defend Macs and iOS Devices Against Malware Attacks. With attacks on the rise, raise your guard against malware infecting iOS and OS X devices. IT professionals have long maintained that Apple devices don’t get malware, and that was generally true for many years. But times have changed, and iOS mobile devices and OS X Macintosh computers are now the source of frequent security vulnerabilities and a popular target of hackers and malware authors. Read the rest

OPERATIONS: Security By The Numbers Launches IT Security Measurement Index and Collaborative Group. Online resource behind benchmark survey promises to help companies measure the effectiveness of cybersecurity and share best practices. Find out more

TSA: DHS Inspector General Lambasts TSA’s IT Security Flaws. TSA typically has not managed security equipment in compliance with departmental guidelines regarding sensitive IT systems, according to OIG report. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems April 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 – May 19, 2016

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