Google lashed back at Microsoft Wednesday in response to Microsoft calling out the search giant for lying in an application to sell to the U.S. government.
“We take the federal government’s security requirements seriously and have delivered on our promise to meet them,” wrote Eran Feigenbaum, Director of Security, Google Enterprise, in a Google blog post. “What’s more, we’ve been open and transparent with the government, and it’s irresponsible for Microsoft to suggest otherwise.”
The two companies are competing to sell cloud computing software to government agencies. Google is selling Google Apps and Microsoft is selling Office 365, Business Productivity Online Services and hosted Exchange e-mail services.
On Monday, Microsoft called out a Department of Justice finding that said Google did not have government certification, known as FISMA, that it claimed to have when it pitched Google Apps to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Google said Wednesday it does have FISMA certification from the General Services Administration. FISMA stands for Federal Information Security Management Act. Microsoft said Monday that certification for one agency, the GSA, does not automatically qualify software for another agency, the Department of the Interior.
The Department of the Interior had earlier chosen Microsoft’s cloud software over Google. Google sued, claiming the department had not fairly considered its bid, and successfully forced the department to re-evaluate its purchase.
Here is our earlier Seattle Times story from Monday Microsoft fired the first volley.