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Deputy Secretary Of Defense Memo, February 26, 2016 - Implementation of Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline

February 26, 2016

This is an update to the memo released by the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the DoD on November 20, 2015, described and available below.

On 26 February 2016, the Deputy Secretary Of Defense sent the memo below directing the Department of Defense to complete a rapid deployment and transition to Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline (SHB). This decision is based on the need to strengthen the Department’s cyber security posture while concurrently streamlining the IT operating environment. US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) through US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is to lead the implementation of this directive in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the DoD CIO, and the full cooperation of all critical implementation components to include the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected. Implementation of the Microsoft Windows 10 SHB is expected to be complete by 31 January 2017 for all applicable systems for which no waiver has been approved. You may download the memo using the attachment below.


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Secure Host Baseline (SHB) formally known as DoD Unified Master Gold Disk (UMGD)

July 20, 2015

DoD has developed a standard to provide common "build from" disk images that DoD Components will use as the starting point for creating gold disks to install initial software loads onto DoD computers. Currently, there are a subset of products available. There will be additional products added to the list once those products are approved.

The SHB products can be accessed using a CAC and can be downloaded by anyone at using the link for "DoD Secure Host Baseline Repository" (*Be sure to choose your DOD EMAIL CA-xx certificate).

It is the responsibility of the Component that desires to use the SHB products to obtain the appropriate DAA approval and to follow their internal policy and guidance before using it on their networks.

TAGS: OS, Office Systems, Enterprise Mgmt, ITAM, EA, IT Hardware, COTS

Considerations for Open Source Software Use - White Paper

April 26, 2013

Open Source Software is widely distributed and used in several ways—as stand-alone software applications, for internal software development projects, and as part of commercially available software applications. This paper addresses some of the key policy and contract protections Government should consider when obtaining Open Source Software directly (as a stand-alone application or for use in development projects), or indirectly (because it is embedded in Commercial Software applications). The appeal of potentially lower costs and ease of use associated with Open Source is balanced against the potential pitfalls.



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