DISCOVER: The Most Popular Browsers and Operating Systems for PCs and Smartphones. NetMarketShare data for August 2018 shows that Google Chrome remains the most popular browser on PC and mobile, while Windows 7 remains slightly ahead of Windows 10 in the OS desktop scene. Read more
AMAZON: Allows Real-Time Operating System to be Updated Remotely. Last year, Amazon announced it would take over the FreeRTOS operating system for microcontrollers running inside low-powered devices including wearables and industrial sensors. The company is putting its stamp on the software with libraries to support communication with the company’s cloud. Now it is lowering the bar for keeping the operating system protected against security vulnerabilities. In early September Amazon said that it had added ability to remotely update the real-time operating system, which has better reliability and more accurate timing than general-purpose software. With it, security holes can be closed and new firmware can be loaded in millions of embedded devices remotely and automatically. Without it, customers would have to disconnect electronic devices and update them manually, which could be prohibitively expensive or impossible without recalling the products. Read more
PODCAST: Justin Cormack on Decomposing the Modern Operating System. Justin Cormack of Docker discusses how the modern operating system is being decomposed with toolkits and libraries such as LinuxKit, eBPF, XDP, and what the kernel space service mesh Cilium is doing. Read more
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: The Container Future is Here. It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. Linux containers are not only a viable option for government agencies, they may very well be necessary for their digital transformation strategies. Containers can help agencies accelerate application development and support their migration to the cloud and automation. Additionally, agencies that have adopted DevOps and agile development processes can use containers to get applications into production even faster. Read more
NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems September 2018 https://www.slideshare.net/BMDS3416/tech-update-summary-from-blue-mountain-data-systems-september-2018.
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.