Excluding managerial responsibilities, SciSpace has full responsibility for the operation of the GISS computer facilities, which includes both Government- and University-owned computer hardware. SciSpace staff monitor all computing equipment and assist users to ensure proper functioning. The staff identify problems, determine appropriate courses of action to remedy malfunctions, and assist users with hands-on demonstrations. SciSpace also provides key systems programming support including installing, maintaining, operating and monitoring the specific operating systems used in the GISS facility, and ensure that these computers and operating systems provide for the attachment of the local and wide-area network link to GSFC. SciSpace is also responsible for developing and maintaining procedures to ensure the security of the GISS computing facility.