Federal Desktop Core Configuration

Federal Desktop Core Configuration

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The Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), now known as the United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), is a set of standards established by the United States Federal Government that outlines a specific, standardized configuration of desktop computers used by federal agencies.

These standards were designed to create a secure, uniform environment across all federal desktop computers to improve system security and reduce costs associated with maintaining a diverse array of configurations.

The FDCC (now USGCB) includes specific settings for a number of factors, including:

  1. Operating system settings: These specify how the system should be configured for secure operation, including user rights, security options, and other similar settings.
  2. Software settings: These govern which software should be installed on the system, including settings for specific software.
  3. Network settings: These define how the system should interact with the network, including firewall settings and similar configurations.

The FDCC originally applied to systems running Windows XP and Windows Vista. Current USGCB standards, as of my last training data in September 2021, apply to more recent versions of Windows, as well as some Linux distributions.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides tools and guidelines to help agencies comply with the USGCB, and these guidelines are updated regularly to address emerging threats and changes in technology.

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