(The Hosting News) – On Tuesday, David Howard of Microsoft alleged that the U.S. Government had rejected Google’s claim that some of its apps had been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Despite this claim, Google had thoroughly stated that its apps had FISMA approval. Howard (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel) contended that this would mean that Google had been guilty of falsely advertising.
Google quickly responded that the particular government apps that Howard made reference to were not the ones Google had advertised as FISMA certified. Instead, Google clarified that the government had approved Apps Premier and not the cloud-based suite. However, the company is currently developing newer government apps and will seek FISMA approval upon completion.
As of now, it appears that the larger more secure Google Apps for the government has yet to receive FISMA approval while some of the company’s smaller apps have. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s business standard app has not received FISMA approval either. Such approval means that a particular app has been certified by the U.S. government as secure to use.