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USA: To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source Software. The National Association of Voting Officials is leading a movement to encourage election officials to stop the purchase of insecure systems and begin to use software based on open-source systems that can guard our votes against manipulation. Read more

OPEN SOURCE: To Use Or Not To Use (And How To Choose). Knowing which open source projects you can rely on is an acquired skill. If you choose wrong, it will cost you. Consider the following criteria for evaluating a project. Read the rest

FLASH: A Foolish Petition to Open Source Adobe Flash. In 2020, Adobe promises us that Adobe Flash will finally be put in its grave. Thank God! But now developer Juha Lindsted wants to open-source Flash. Oh please! Not just no, but hell no! Find out more

MANAGEMENT: Active Management of Open Source Components Delivers Measurable Improvements Claims Sonatype Report. In July, Sonatype released their third annual State of the Software Supply Chain report concluding that when organisations actively manage the quality of open source components in software applications they see a 28% improvement in developer productivity (through reduction in manual governance), a 30% reduction in overall development costs, and a 48% increase in application quality (as application vulnerabilities are removed early reducing their incidence in production). Analysis also showed that applications built by teams utilising automated governance tools reduced the percentage of defective components by 63%. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems July 2017

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.


Open Source – Daily Tech Update – August 4, 2017

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