Google releases FISMA-compliant cloud App suite for the Government
Google has yesterday released, a cloud bases application suite for the U.S. government. The first of its kind to have received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government. This comes after about a year of Google working on hardening the security of its offered applications, in order to comply with the U.S. federal government regulations.
According to David Mihalchik, Google’s federal business development executive, the Google Apps platform consists of Google Docs, Gmail, spreadsheets, a video tool and Google Sites. Documentation relevant to Google's security controls were reviewed and an authorization to operate was given last Thursday.
Google's move into what was previously Microsoft's pitch is most certainly going to get the competition, to provide relevant cloud based email and productivity services to the U.S. government.
"The federal government is the golden nugget everyone is chasing,” said David Linthicum, chief technology officer and founder of Blue Mountain Labs.
“FISMA is always being brought up as a hindrance to the government moving to the cloud,” Linthicum said. Google is basically saying that Google Apps is ready to go, he said.