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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Federal Desktop Core Configuration

Federal Desktop Core Configuration

The FDCC is an U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate that requires that all Federal Agencies standardize the configuration of approximately 300 settings on each of their Windows XP and Vista Computer. The reason for this standardization is to strengthen Federal IT security by reducing opportunities for hackers to access and exploit government computer systems. FDCC applies to both desktops and laptops that are deployed and connected directly to the organization's network.

Some of the change after implementing FDCC are:

Password changes will occur every 60 days instead of 90 days.

You will need to fill in the login and the password screen each time you log on to your computer, your login will not be saved when you log on.

You not be able to access certain websites using Internet Explorer due to its higher encryption setting.

Administrative privileges will be taken away which means you will not be able to download new applications.

This is going to be a challenging effort for many system administrators and their customers, but should help with many of the computer incident that occur in a windows-based environment.

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