Microsoft's Office 365 is now officially compliant with the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), an important step for the cloud productivity service should it want to bid for government tenders.
A FISMA approval (or authority to operate to stick with the federal jargon) means that the service adheres to the minimum security requirements and Microsoft stated that "With FISMA, it becomes even easier for governments to choose Office 365."
Office 365 is at loggerheads with Google's own Apps which already complies with FISMA and the two are likely to be competing for any governmental tenders as the trend to a "cloudifed" infrastructure accelerates.
Microsoft also underlines the fact that "Office 365 signs the HIPAA-BAA, DPA and EU Model clauses with all customers regardless of size."
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