Introducing Google Apps for Government

Today we’re excited to announce a new edition of Google Apps. Designed with guidance from customers like the federal government, the City of Los Angeles City of Orlando and the , Google Apps for Government includes the same great Google applications that people know and love, with specific measures to address the policy and security needs of the public sector.

We’re also pleased to announce that Google Apps is the first suite of cloud computing applications to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government. The FISMA law applies to all information systems in use by U.S. federal government agencies to help ensure they’re secure. The federal government’s General Services Administration has reviewed the documentation of our security controls and issued an authorization to operate, the official confirmation of our FISMA certification and accreditation. This review makes it easier for federal agencies to compare our security features to those of their existing systems; most agencies we have worked with have found that Google Apps provides at least equivalent, if not better, security than they have today. This means government customers can move to the cloud with confidence.

Take Berkeley Lab, a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s managed by the University of California and conducts unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Berkeley researchers collaborate with scientists around the world, so emailing version upon version of documents among collaborators and trying to juggle disparate files is difficult. Berkeley Lab researchers have been using Google Apps to share documents that live in the cloud, and can view and edit documents and spreadsheets simultaneously knowing they are always working from the latest information. (Read more from Berkeley Lab’s Chief Information Officer on the Enterprise blog.

And we’re not stopping with FISMA certification. Google Apps for Government will continue to evolve to meet unique government requirements. Google Apps for Government stores Gmail and Calendar data in a segregated system located in the continental United States, exclusively for our government customers. Other applications will follow in the near future. The suite is a “community cloud”—as defined by the National Institute for Science and Technology—to support the needs of our government customers. Google Apps for Government is available now to any federal, state or local government in the United States.

Source by googleblog.blogspot.com

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15 responses to this post.

  1. nice activity, do more

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  2. i hope gov use it

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  3. Posted by rupesh on July 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

    its improve the functionality of goverment

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  4. Posted by Raj on July 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

    always google is great

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  5. Apps for Government??? Sounds cool!

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  6. I think many governments (other than US) will not this coz Google entirely an US based and leading the official data base can lead any government into trouble

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  7. Hi class

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  8. Google forever! 🙂

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  9. Google has grabbed a nice market here. Surprised government isn’t more nervous about security.

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  10. Another milestone from Google company

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  11. Posted by sayed mobin on July 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    nice tools for government

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  12. Google Apps is great.

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  13. Posted by Aki on July 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    It should be useful for any gov hmmm

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  14. Posted by asobah on July 29, 2010 at 5:18 am

    google is growing

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  15. Posted by galina on July 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

    good

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