Feeds

Office 365 hard enough to penetrate US government

FISMA fulfilment fuels feud with Google

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Microsoft’s cloud productivity pack Office 365 has won an important certification from the US government, by ticking off all the to-do’s on the list to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

FISMA requires US government agencies to develop and maintain security controls, the better to protect the nation’s economic and security interests.

Office 365 can therefore be deployed with impunity across the US government, as agencies can now be confident their security controls won’t be compromised by the cloudy apps.

Redmond is jolly happy about the decision, saying “With FISMA, it becomes even easier for governments to choose Office 365.”

Google, however, got into a public fight with Microsoft over FISMA in April 2011, when Redmond claimed Google was a FISMA-free-zone. Google shot back that it was FISMA-compliant and that Microsoft wasn’t anywhere near achieving FISMA’s good cloudkeeping seal of approval at the time.

This new announcement means the two are now on par, at least in terms of FISMA-fulfilment. May the best sales force win! ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.