Google has said that its suite of government office products have been certified under a law that mandates strict information security rules for federal agencies. The Justice Department, however, says otherwise. Google Apps for Government is Google’s solution for government-focused email and office product that is certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act, known as FISMA. The requirements for FISMA are enforced to safeguard digital information used by federal agencies.
Google has been trying to gain edge over its competitor, Microsoft, with a “extra-secure” government version of Google Apps and claims that its suite is accredited under FISMA. There is a small problem with Google’s claim however, and the problem arises from recent documents that were unsealed last week as part of an ongoing lawsuit Google had filed in October against the Department of the Interior. The Justice Department lawyers wrote that