Microsoft Challenges Google's Security Clearance

Kara Reeder

In an ongoing battle over a U.S. government contract, Microsoft is lashing out at Google, claiming that "Google Apps for Government" has not been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), reports AFP. Microsoft's deputy general counsel, David Howard, blogged:

It's time for Google to stop telling governments something that is not true.

The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft references a brief by the Justice Department that says Google Apps for Government does not have FISMA certification. The Justice brief says that Google was expected to apply separately for certification for Google Apps for Government.


According to The Associated Press, Google insists it's not deceiving anyone, saying that a less-robust version of the product received a FISMA clearance in July 2010. The tech giant notes that "Google Apps for Government" is "the same system with enhanced security controls that go beyond FISMA requirements."


The recently unsealed documents are part of a Google lawsuit alleging that it was blocked out of competing for a U.S. Department of Interior contract to build a new email system. The company claims the agency's procurement requirements for a messaging contract stacked the deck in favor of Microsoft, which did, in fact, win the $59 million, five-year contract. In January, Google won a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Interior from awarding the contract.

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