A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - Password Policy

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-01-10
 
 
 

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop


NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technololgy) provides a baseline reference image for the FDCC at its Web site, fdcc.nist.gov.

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - Password Policy


The FDCC requires passwords to change every 60 days and have a minimum length of 12 charactersamong other characteristics.

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - Password Policy

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - User Rights


The FDCC extensively uses Windows Group Policy to enforce user rights.

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - User Rights

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - Wireless Network


While the FDCC requires that wireless network functions be off by defaultit does not prevent authorized wireless networking, which I was able to configure on my reference system.

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - Wireless Network

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - User Accounts


The FDCC reference image of Windows XP comes with the guest account disabled and the administrative account renamed. Further instructions from NIST give advice about using the administrative accountalthough eWEEK Labs recommends not providing users with administrative access at all.

A Uniform Desktop Is a Secure Desktop - User Accounts

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