JAVASCRIPT: Will WebAssembly Overtake JavaScript in Web Application Coding Needs? Firefox 52 is the first browser to support WebAssembly, a new standard “to enable near-native performance for web applications” without a plug-in by pre-compiling code into low-level, machine-ready instructions. Find out more

APP SECURITY: Managing Both Acute and Chronic Web Application Security Issues. With WikiLeaks’ March 7 posting of what was purported to be some of the CIA’s cyber surveillance exploits, agencies are looking at the possibility of attackers turning intelligence gathering tools against government systems, devices and websites. Even more recently, a new, high-severity vulnerability emerged in the Apache Struts 2 open-source framework used to build Java web applications. The flaw allows hackers to inject commands into remote web servers. Within hours, organizations around the world reported attacks exploiting CVE-2017-5638 while Struts 2 users scrambled to apply a patch from the Apache Foundation.
What are the practical effects of these events, and what should government InfoSec leaders and practitioners do now? Find out more

C#: Version 7.0 Comes with New Features. Visual Studio 2017 was released earlier this month with new programming language features for C# 7.0. C# is a type-safe, object-oriented programming language designed for building applications that run on the .NET framework. The Visual Studio team has been working on C# 7.0 for over a year. “C# 7.0 adds a number of new features and brings a focus on data consumption, code simplification and performance. Perhaps the biggest features are tuples, which make it easy to have multiple results, and pattern matching, which simplifies code that is conditional on the shape of data. But there are many other features big and small. We hope that they all combine to make your code more efficient and clear, and you more happy and productive,” said Mads Torgersen, program manager at Microsoft. Find out more

RUBY ON RAILS: What’s New in Rails 5.1: Better JavaScript, for One. Ruby on Rails, the veteran server-side web framework, is playing nice with JavaScript in an upgrade that has recently moved to a first beta release. Rails 5.1 offers multiple improvements, including encryption, system tests, and managing JavaScript dependencies from NPM via Facebook’s new Yarn package manager. Find out more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems February 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.


Programming & Scripting – Daily Tech Update – March 17, 2017

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