RISK ASSESSMENT & CYBERSECURITY
FIREFOX: NoScript and Other Popular Firefox Add-ons Open Millions to New Attack. Unlike many browsers, Firefox doesn’t always isolate an add-on’s functions. NoScript, Firebug, and other popular Firefox add-on extensions are opening millions of end users to a new type of attack that can surreptitiously execute malicious code and steal sensitive data, a team of researchers reported. Read more
WORKFORCE: Agencies Struggling to Share Talent Across Government. Federal hiring managers are happier with the quality of candidates coming through their doors, but agencies are finding it difficult to share that workforce talent with each other. In the latest progress report for the cross-agency priority goal of developing the federal workforce to its full potential, three-quarters of the milestones related to multi-agency workforce pilot programs are at risk. Read more
FDA: Cybersecurity Researcher: Recent Device Vulnerabilities Should Be a Wake-Up Call for FDA. A prominent cybersecurity researcher says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to “buckle down” and regulate medical device cybersecurity more firmly. The warning comes as last week, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an advisory warning of more than 1,400 cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting certain versions of an automated supply cabinet used in hospitals and other health facilities to dispense drugs. Read more
IoT: UL Takes on Cybersecurity Testing and Certification. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has announced a new Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP) that uses a new set of standards to test network-connected products for software vulnerabilities. Read more
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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.