7. Google Apps data protections - verified by third parties
In such a world where Cloud Computing is being talked everywhere, how do you distinguish who is the trusted Cloud Computing provider?
Cloud computing companies use the the SSAE 16 Type II audit, and its international counterpart ISAE 3402 Type II audit, to document and verify the data protections in place for their services. These auditing standards are defined by the The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), respectively. These audit standards have replaced the SAS 70 Type II audit, which Google Apps first completed in 2008. In Google's audits, they specify the confidentiality, integrity and availability controls that our customers are most concerned about, which are then verified by our auditors. Google recently announced that they’ve successfully completed the SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402 Type II audits for Google Apps, Postini services, Google Apps Script, Google Storage for Developers and Google App Engine.
Google Apps for Government has also received Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification from the U.S. Government. The FISMA certification includes a rigorous evaluation of the security processes and data protections in place in Google Apps for Government and is required by U.S. federal government customers, who must comply with FISMA by law.
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