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This morning, David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft (msft) took the opportunity to look at unsealed documents to point out something, that if true or genuine, would seem to be a pretty big deal.
Ouch. Would Google lie about being FISMA certified when it got rejected? Seems like a seemingly stupid and risky move. But later on, some clarification came to light.
It appears that Google’s (GOOG) General Apps product, the one for mom and pop businesses up to huge companies like Genentech, was FISMA approved for use by the General Services Administration in July 2010. The more restrictive version of Apps, for Government, is still going through the application process.
So a less secure version of Apps is certified and a newer, more secure version of Apps for Government isn’t. Interestingly, Microsoft’s own product, Business Productivity Online Standard, is not FISMA approved. It is interesting that Microsoft has taken this strategy to support which exposes a weakness.
Google’s David Mihalchik, Google Enterprise told me:
The Government version of Apps should indeed be certified for FISMA certification. The question is: Why hasn’t the more secure version been approved. My understanding is red tape but we’ll look to Google for more information on the matter.
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