By J. Nicholas Hoover
November 12, 2009
More than a dozen federal agencies, including the White House and all
branches of the military, are testing Windows 7, according toMicrosoft
(NSDQ: MSFT). But it may be another six months before agencies can move
ahead with Windows 7 deployment because a government-mandated security
standard hasn't been finalized.
The Federal Desktop Core Configuration spells out 300 settings for
Windows PCs and laptops, with a goal of making them less vulnerable to
hackers and data breaches. FDCC settings exist for Windows XP and
Windows Vista, but not yet for Windows 7.
"It will take until spring 2010, at least," said Ken Page, Microsoft's
FDCC program manager, in a presentation today at Microsoft's Washington,
D.C., office. "This process does not happen fast."
A number of agencies are pilot testing Windows 7, including all branches
of the military, the FDIC, White House, Internal Revenue Service,
National Archives, and the Departments of Agriculture, Interior,
Homeland Security, Justice, said Page.
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