Feeds

Office 365 hard enough to penetrate US government

FISMA fulfilment fuels feud with Google

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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! ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?