Google has announced it has received the first Federal Information Security Management Act certification for its Google Apps government cloud-computing services.
David Mihalchik, business development executive with Google, explained Google is now certified as meeting the security controls under FISMA and a full suite of office applications will now be available to federal, state and local municipal agencies under “Google Apps for Government.”
“This is a top to bottom security review of all the controls in place for Google Apps,” Mihalchik said in an interview with Federal News Radio. “FISMA requires over 200 security controls that were fully documented for Google Apps, tested and validated by an independent auditor and thoroughly reviewed by the General Services Administration. We are very, very excited that this represents a green light for federal government agencies to move forward with cloud computing with confidence, specifically with Google Apps.”
In the interview, Mihalchik said there are at least a dozen federal agencies now evaluating Google Apps for Government after they received the green light from GSA.
“We believe that now, in federal, we will see the same kind of adoption that we have seen in the state and local,” he said.
The benefits of cloud computing, explained Mihalchik, include cost-saving, the ability to upgrade applications with improving technology and allowing agencies to focus on their mission as opposed to their IT infrastructure.