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FDA: Agency Launches Competition to Spur Innovative Technologies to Help Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths. The FDA, with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is inviting computer programmers, public health advocates, clinical researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines to create a mobile phone application that can connect opioid users experiencing an overdose with nearby carriers of the prescription drug naloxone – the antidote for an opioid overdose – thereby increasing the likelihood of timely administration and overdose reversal. Read more

MANAGEMENT: Organizations Need to Balance Value and Security When Adopting New Mobile Devices. As new products hit the market, enterprises must decide whether to introduce the device or wait. Unfortunately, enterprises don’t have the luxury of constantly equipping their workforce with the latest and greatest new products. Doing so is not only financially irresponsible, but presents a security risk if the new technology lacks robust security like multi-factor authentication. That doesn’t mean new devices cannot be of value. The question is simply when to incorporate them into the enterprise. Read the rest

DHS: Agency Explores Ways to Make Federal Employees’ Mobile Devices Safer. Congress has tasked the Department of Homeland Security with studying how to best safeguard smartphones, tablets, mobile applications and wireless networks used by federal workers. Find out more

CROSS-PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT: Pros and Cons of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development. Though creating cross-platform native applications is possible today, the current state of implementation is far from complete. Most of the mobile apps are heavy on the GUI (Graphical User Interface) implementation side. Almost all the critical business application logic resides on the server which is accessed by the mobile via web services. Since the User Interface (UI) and User Experience Design (UXD) of iOS and Android are quite different from each other, it’s not an easy task to create a uniform GUI wrapper on top of it. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems August 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 – September 22, 2016

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