DHS: Playbook Strives for Consistency of Mobile Apps. The Homeland Security Department has a new playbook for developing mobile applications and it’s willing to share to ease the burden and ensure consistency across the government. This how-to guide is for everyone from the technology experts to the business owners to the app developers. Rob Palmer, the DHS deputy chief technology officer in the Enterprise System Development Office, said the playbook is to help stem the tide of inconsistent mobile app development. He said this led to an increased workload for the chief information officer’s office to test, field and approve. Read more

STATE GOVERNMENT: Build a Mobile Strategy That Truly Moves Government Forward. Security and mobile device management play a starring role in workplace transformation. Outfitting staff with smartphones and tablets undoubtedly helps to mobilize the workforce, but it takes more than hardware alone to transform operations. The VMware “State of Business Mobility Report” identifies a significant gap between organizations’ mobility goals and their ability to achieve them. Read the rest

FIDO & NIST: How US Government Can Go Mobile with FIDO. The proliferation of mobile devices leaves U.S. government agencies with a tough balancing act between security, usability and effectively performing their missions. How can they accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce that wants to use all of their devices to access online services, while adhering to a plethora of security policies and directives? Find out more

CRITICAL READ: Why Agencies Should Adopt a “Mobile First” Strategy. What: “Using Mobile Apps in Government,” a report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government on the state of mobile apps and access in the federal government. Why: Most Americans own cell phones and many also own tablets, so it should come as no surprise that more than one-third of the traffic on U.S. government websites comes from mobile devices and 40 percent of smartphone owners use those devices to look up government services or information. 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.


Mobile Applications – Daily Tech Update – May 3, 2016

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