OMB Thick, but Learning

April 2, 2007 at 7:29 am | Posted in News, Technical | Leave a comment

The office of management and budget has officially weighed in, declaring that federal agencies must attempt to secure desktop computers.

In a memoranda released on the whitehouse.gov web site, the OMB instructs agencies to take actions that, frankly, should be common sense. I would consider configuring Windows security to be the bare minimum that can be done.  

Here are some of the items from the list:

• Use virus and spyware detection and removal utilities
• Use e-mail clients that filter spam
• Do not allow unapproved applications such as file-sharing and instant-message tools
• Run the system with limited user privileges
• Configure software to reduce exposure to threats
• Don’t let Java, JavaScript and ActiveX applications launch by default

The guidelines also require robust passwords, and strict adherence to a password changing regimen. I’d have hoped that the federal government was already doing all of these things, but I guess it’s better late than never. Happy Monday!

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