Trish O'Loughlin

1 February 2017

G Suite Admins, Rejoice: New Security Features are Rolling Out Across Google Apps

Business people all over the world have fast become attached to Google’s handy suite of enterprise apps: Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar. Bundled all together in the one neat parcel, these nifty apps have enabled people to bounce seamlessly from their PC to their phone to their tablet, working from virtually anywhere they have internet reception.

Now, Google is enhancing its G Suite even further by implementing brand new security features across the apps.

The global tech giant announced the news earlier this week, tantalising users with the idea that they will now have much more control over the security of their data. While Google’s G Suite productivity apps have already attracted more than three million businesses worldwide, these advancements are likely to bait enterprises who still insist on hosting their own services or working with other providers.

Introducing security keys: the ultimate cyber shield against phishing attacks

At the heart of these new features lies a Security Key service. This technology has already been praised by security architects at Google as their favoured online authentication tool, and after a two-year study, the proof is in the pudding: security keys trump other technologies when it comes to two-factor verification solutions.

With hacking and phishing attacks being the most common cybersecurity threats faced by employees, the introduction of security keys will thwart these problems considerably (cue audible sigh of relief).

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) will be extended beyond Gmail

Up until now, Google’s DLP services were restricted to its Gmail function. While this was vital to prevent end users from sharing sensitive information beyond the corporate network, Google has recognised the value in applying this strategy to other enterprise apps – specifically, Google Drive. By enabling administrators to enact the DLP solution for Google Drive, business-owners can take comfort in knowing that critical data remains exactly where it should be: within the company.

Companies will have more control over email security

The new roll-out also sees current Gmail security measures tightened, with business-owners now given the opportunity to implement their own encryption certificates. As such, there will be much more autonomy over creating secure connections to a server and thus circumventing any malicious parties that might be en route.

Companies will also have the freedom to integrate with third-party services to store their emails beyond Gmail and Google Vault. Needless to say, this is ideal for creating back-ups when it comes to important business correspondences, while simultaneously freeing up valuable space in your email folder.

So, in summary…

The new security features will allow G Suite users to enjoy:

  • Virtually bullet-proof prevention against cyber attacks
  • Enhanced protection of sensitive corporate data
  • Ability to store emails outside Gmail and Google Vault

Why is Google doing this?

Unsurprisingly, Google is determined to maintain its dominance in the digital sphere, and its latest updates are illustrative of this. After rebranding its G Suite solutions last October to amplify its reach to corporate clients, the new security measures are simply another step in solidifying Google’s position as an industry leader when it comes to cloud-based enterprise app services.

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