United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB) (formerly FDCC), and Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Compliance


The USGCB settings replace the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) settings and provide the recommended security baselines for Information Technology products widely deployed across the agencies. The Federal Desktop Core Configuration standard (FDCC) arose from an effort by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to define a standardized desktop configuration for Windows PCs in the Federal government. This standard is designed to provide a single, consistent configuration across the entire enterprise, for both desktop PCs and laptops, and therefore to reduce the costs associated with support, application compatibility and at the same time to improve security.

Security Content Automation Protocol, better known as SCAP, was developed to promote interoperability between disparate security products. It is built on a suite of open standards that enumerate security configuration issues, software flaws, and product names. It is used to measure systems to determine the presence of known vulnerabilities and to provide a mechanism to rank the results in order to evaluate potential impact.

Our USGCB and SCAP Solutions

Our security and administration products aid Federal organizations with ensuring compliance with USGCB by enabling automated assessment for systems, and by providing the ability to securely manage Group Policy Object settings for systems needing to be in compliance with USGCB.

At our company we develop easy to use, enterprise-ready, integrated security management solutions that assist Federal customers with regulatory and policy compliance, while enabling them to secure their IT assets and manage risk.

  • Manage configuration baselines for USGCB Compliance within the entire organization. Secure Configuration Manager enables effective configuration management from discovery of all systems connected to the network through establishing and managing the baselines across those systems, and identifying where those system drift from their expected configurations.
  • Manage Group Policy Objects. Group Policy Administrator enables effective planning, controlling, troubleshooting and reporting on Group Policy changes. It enables administrators to meet the challenges of Group Policy Objects by providing total offline management of Group Policy, allowing organizations to minimize risk and prevent service interruptions.

SCAP Standards

The Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) is a suite of specifications that standardize the format and nomenclature by which security software products communicate software flaw and security configuration information.

SCAP expressed content encapsulates both the settings and methods for assessing those settings through SCAP validated products. In practice, an organization can produce well-formed SCAP content and expect the content to execute properly in SCAP validated tools. The USGCB, like its predecessor FDCC, uses SCAP-based technology to assess that systems are properly configured according to the recommended USGCB baseline settings.

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