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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.4

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) Connect
Virtual Network Computing (VNC) Connect Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Virtual Network Computing (VNC) Connect is peer-to-peer (P2P) based remote access and control technology. This technology is used for remote access and screen sharing across desktops. VNC Connect is comprised of two components: the VNC Server and the VNC Viewer, which are bundled together, but are also available as separate installers.

There are three editions of this technology: Home, Professional, and Enterprise. The Home edition is for non-commercial use and is for a limited number of users. The Enterprise edition adds direct connectivity rather than cloud connectivity and has enhanced security features.

This entry covers the Desktop Edition of this technology and not any mobile versions. Please note that the implementation of mobile technology applications that operate on Mobile Operating Systems must be reviewed and approved by the Mobile Technology and Endpoint Security Engineering Team: http://vaww.eie.va.gov/SysDesign/CS/MT/default.aspx

The TRM decisions in this entry only apply to technologies and versions owned, operated, managed, patched, and version-controlled by VA. This includes technologies deployed as software on VMs within VA-controlled cloud environments (e.g. VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC)). Cloud services provided by the VAEC and those controlled and managed by an external Cloud Service Provider (i.e. SaaS) are not in the purview of the TRM. For more information on the use of cloud services and cloud-based products within VA, including VA private clouds, please see the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) Portal at:`https://vaww.portal.va.gov/sites/ECS/SitePages/Home.aspx
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
Decision: Prohibited. This entry is not (currently) permitted to be used under any circumstances.

Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.1
Decision Date: 01/27/2020
Aliases: VNC Home; VNC Professional; VNC Enterprise; VNC Viewer; VNC Server
Introduced By: SCCM
Vendor Name: RealVNC
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (01/27/2020).