Release Notice Version 3.6.1
Imprimis is pleased to announce the release of the i2Act-800 (v3.6.1). Although this release includes noticeable cosmetic improvements, the great majority of development was focused on the transition of the i2ACT from traditional or soon to be legacy versions of Microsoft operating systems to the new. Specifically, Microsoft is simultaneously migrating users from 32-bit office products to 64-bit applications, and at the same time is moving to Click-to-Run (CTR) from the legacy Microsoft Installer (MSI). CTR is a cloud-based deployment of software best illustrated by the Office 365 software installations.
As a result, Imprimis developed versions of i2Act for both 32 bit and 64-bit applications which can operate with Office applications that use both CTR and MSI and supports the three (3) current active Windows operating systems - Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. These are summarized in the table below. It should be noted that Windows 7 will not be supported by Microsoft after 2019. The i2ACT v3.6 will continue to work with MSI versions of Office 2016. Imprimis will continue to support v3.6 but will not be adding enhancements to this version of the tool but will support our users to upgrade to the newer version when they change their Office application at no cost assuming they are current on their i2ACT license. The i2ACT v3.6.1 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit applications for CTR applications and for Run Time 2019 for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It is important that i2ACT users select the version that is right for them.
With the newly added i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s support for Access 64-bit (as well as 32-bit), there are separate 64-bit and 32-bit installation packages. As before, there are installation packages to install i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s where Office 365 is already installed, and installation packages to install i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s along with Access 2019 Runtime where Office 365 is not installed. This release of i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s is also compatible with the stand-alone installation of Office 2019 where Access 2019 is included. Other features included in v3.6.1 for both i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s are:
• Enhancements to the formatting of the reports, including wider margins.
• The inclusion of family compliance status summaries in addition to the overall compliance status in the reports.
• Various bug fixes and some cosmetic updates.
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Regarding this version, and all future updates and versions, the i2ACT-800 products will utilize features only available in Microsoft Access in Office 365 and Office 2019 (or Access 2019 runtime). Hence, the i2ACT-800 products cannot be compatible with earlier versions of Access and Office suites which include Access. i2ACT-800 v3.6.1 will work with current Office 365 subscriptions which include Access.
i2ACT-800 v3.6 and v3.6.1 are functionally equivalent and support the same revisions of the NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, and DSS AAPM security standards. i2ACT-800 v3.6 is compatible with Access 2016 but will not run under Access 2019. i2ACT-800 v3.6 will be supported until the release of i2ACT-800 v4.0.
We anticipate that the next major update (v4.0) to the i2ACT-800 PRO and i2ACT-800s tools will include:
NIST 800-53 revision 5. Currently, the release of NIST 800-53 revision 5 is scheduled for the second half of 2019. With the v4.0 update, the user will be able to select either use of revision 4 or revision 5 at the beginning of an assessment.
Enhanced functionality allowing multiple tasks per requirement or control to be defined in the assessment process thereby enhancing the POA&M produced directly from the tool.
Enhanced note-taking to include an area for the assessor unpublished notes.
(Potentially) A professional Assessor version of the tool which includes the Imprimis Cybersecurity Compliance Essentials (IC2E™) for each requirement or control, including remediation items.
Any other errata or changes published by NIST during the interim period.