Friday, September 11, 2009

Gaia 3.4 certified for Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC)

The Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) is an OMB (U.S. Office of Management and Budget) mandate requiring that all Federal Agencies standardize the configuration of approximately 300 settings on their Windows XP and Vista computers. The reason for this standardization is to strengthen Federal IT security by reducing opportunities for hackers to access and exploit government computer systems.

Gaia 3.4 is now certified to be fully functional and operate correctly as intended on systems using the FDCC. This includes Windows XP and Vista. The standard installation and operation of the software shall not alter the configuration settings from the approved FDCC configuration. Some of the successful tests included:

• Configuration of the systems with the latest FDCC settings
• Use of a SCAP-validated tool with FDCC Scanner capability to baseline initial configuration
• Product installation and successful testing of common use cases
• Using an FDCC Scanner to ensure the FDCC settings and patches are intact
• Application uninstall, reboot then successful scan of the system using an FDCC Scanner to ensure proper FDCC settings and patches are still present.

Gaia 3.4 is a geospatial network platform that provides seamless synergy between Microsoft Bing Maps, Yahoo! Maps, OpenStreetMap, ESRI ArcGIS Server, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) KML, GML, GMLsf, WMS, WMTS, WFS, Filters, WCS, ESRI Shape, Autodesk and MapInfo formats, and more. Gaia 3.4 is part of our commitment to help SDI users and developers meet tomorrow's infrastructure, transportation, environmental and national security challenges.

The Gaia 3.4 platform is built with the latest CarbonTools PRO assemblies and complete source code is available to CarbonTools PRO developers. Gaia 3.4 also provides a robust, open API that allows any programmer to develop Gaia Extenders with or without a CarbonTools PRO license. Gaia Extenders are light, easy to deploy and can enhance Gaia's functionality for simple and complex GIS and SDI tasks.

Initial Gaia development was sponsored by the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP).

- Jeff


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