Qualys intros cloud-based software for FDCC compliance

Module helps feds validate desktop configurations

Qualys has introduced the QualysGuard FDCC module, cloud-based software designed to help federal agencies comply with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration. The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that federal agencies standardize their existing Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops according to FDCC specifications.

The module has been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as conforming to the Security Content Automation Protocol, Qualys representatives said. It uses the QualysGuard Software-as-a-Service architecture to help federal agencies scan and report compliance of their desktops with FDCC regulations.


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NIST’s Security Content Automation Protocol guidelines

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QualysGuard FDCC lets agency IT departments support SCAP content for Windows XP, Windows XP Firewall, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Firewall and Internet Explorer 7, the company said. It also helps federal agencies certify compliance with FDCC requirements by providing detailed reports that include technical analysis of compliance and executive-level summaries.

“FDCC compliance is a daunting task for government agencies as it requires a thorough analysis of all Windows Vista and Windows XP environments across their entire agency,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys.

The QualysGuard FDCC module annual subscription for federal agencies starts at $1,995 with additional licensing per IP.

More information: www.qualys.com.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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