By Mary Mosquera
June 23, 2008
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released updated
security settings for agencies to adopt for Microsoft Windows XP and
Vista operating systems under the Federal Desktop Core Configuration
NIST officials said they made the changes as a result of public comments
they received in April and May and an analysis of agencies. reports on
their experiences implementing the existing settings.
Agencies must install the security settings when they upgrade to
Microsoft XP or Vista, the Office of Management and Budget said in
announcing the initiative last year. FDCC aims to provide a standard
desktop view so agencies can make security improvements, such as
installing virus patches, faster and more effectively, OMB said.
Currently, FDCC consists of 674 settings, but agencies can check 99
percent of them electronically using the Security Content Automation
Protocol validation tool, NIST said in its June 20 announcement.
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