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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:28 AM

Microsoft: Office 365 for enterprises now FISMA-certified

By Mary Jo Foley | May 4, 2012, 9:11am PDT

Summary: Microsoft?s Office 365 hosted app bundle is FISMA-certified, making it potentially more appealing to U.S. government customers.

Microsoft announced on May 3 that its Office 365 cloud-hosted app bundle has received the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) nod from the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

FISMA certification is a requirement for many U.S. government contracts. FISMA specifies a ?comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against natural or man-made threats.?

The Office 365 ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) SKU ? the rough equivalent to the dedicated BPOS Federal SKU ? already was FISMA certified. (BPOS ? Microsoft?s Business Productivity Online Suite ? is the predecessor to Office 365.) But prior to this week, the shared/multitenant Office 365 for enterprises wasn?t FISMA certified.

?FISMA is important to our customers because it creates a process for federal agencies to certify and accredit the security of their information management systems,? said Julia White, a Senior Director in the Microsoft Office Division, via an Office 365 blog post. ?IT solutions with FISMA certification and accreditation have federal agency approval for their use in line with the level of security established by that agency.?

Detailed information at: http://www.zdnet.com...certified/12641