Google Cloud Reveal Business Security Updates
Google just unveiled a selection of measures aimed at encouraging companies to migrate more of their workloads into the cloud, as it seeks to take customers away from AWS and Microsoft Azure.
On Wednesday, Jennifer Lin, director of product management at Google Cloud Platform, blogged that a series of 20 updates would help firms “build out a secure, scalable environment”.
The most important announcement is a set of virtual private cloud service controls for companies that are hesitant to put data into the cloud. Using these new controls, companies will be able to create a secure perimeter around data stored in API-based services such as the Google Cloud Storage.
Lin stated that the controls would mitigate data exfiltration risks from stolen identities, IAM misconfigurations and malicious inside rogues: “Enterprises can create granular access control policies in Access Context Manager based on attributes like user location and IP address.”
Google US has also unveiled a Cloud Security Command Centre to shield applications in the cloud. The service monitors an inventory of cloud assets, scans systems for sensitive data and detects web vulnerabilities all from one Google dashboard.
The third big update is a new tool dubbed Access Transparency which lets customers view how their data is being managed. The tool creates audit logs of when Google’s support team access data as well as explanations as to why it has done so. Lin said the logs could be generated real time.
Earlier this week, Urs Holzle, Google’s senior vice president for technical infrastructure, made a pitch through her blog for firms to migrate more of their data to the cloud: “In industries from financial services to healthcare to retail, companies are relying on the automation and scale offered by the cloud to protect their data and that of their customers allowing their employees to focus on building their business. Many are coming to the same conclusion we have: In many cases, if you’re not moving to the cloud, you’re risking your business.”
With Googles reputation for use friendly offerings this could equate to real competition for AWS and Microsoft.