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Google Apps Secure Enough for Feds

If there is one thing Microsoft and Google like more than making money it is a good old spitting contest.

They tussle over everything from anti-trust to privacy to search techniques. The latest little mix up is over whether Google Apps are or are not certified by the U.S. government as secure enough for it to use. The certification falls under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA – hey, the feds are as good at bad acronyms as computer vendors).

Microsoft recently argued that Google Apps were not FISMA compliant. Not sure what makes Redmond the expert here as it is neither the U.S. government (though it probably wants to be) or Google (though it may well want to be).

The government last week clarified matters, saying that Google Apps are certified, and there is nothing to stop the fed from using them.

Do you trust Google Apps or any other online suite? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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