ScriptLogic software is FDCC-compliant

ScriptLogic announced that its Desktop Authority 7.8 desktop management software has been certified as compliant with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) standard. FDCC is an Office of Management and Budget mandate intended to standardize security configurations for desktop PCs, as well as an expanding array of devices destined for government use.

The FDCC-compliant certification means that Desktop Authority can operate on compliant networks without requiring exceptions to FDCC standards. Compliance was determined by Secure Elements, a company that helps organizations audit, evaluate and comply with regulatory policies, ScriptLogic officials said.

Secure Elements tested Desktop Authority for compliance with the OMB security requirements for FDCC compatibility for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, according to Scott Carpenter, director of Secure Elements' C5 Security Labs. 'The results of these tests demonstrate that in each instance, the FDCC reference images remained 100 percent compliant with the security configuration tests represented in the NIST [Security Content Automation Protocol] data streams.'

Secure Elements also concluded that the standard installation, operation, maintenance, update and patching of Desktop Authority will not alert the configuration settings from the current approved FDCC configuration.

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