Google announces new protection capabilities for its Cloud platforms

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This week Google Cloud is hosting its annual Next event in Tokyo, with that division of the company announcing a number of security features for some of its key online platforms.

More specifically it has four new protections that are designed for its enterprise customers to better protect their client’s data and applications, and those utilising G Suite, Google Cloud Platform (GPC) and Cloud Identity in particular.

The first of the aforementioned capabilities is actually something that Google has had available for two years already, with the Advanced Protection Program (APP) now porting over to G Suite, GPC and Identity.

This system makes use of compatible two-factor authentication hardware keys, much like the Titan Keys that the firm launched in the States last year, but more about those later. The APP will also allow admins greater control over their environment, such as being able to block third-party applications that they deem untrustworthy.

Speaking of the Titan Keys, they are now being made available in other countries. Having launched initially in the US, these keys are designed to protect against phishing and targeted attacks, as well as automated bots and other methods to compromise user data.

Now Japan, Canada, France and the UK have been added to the list of countries where Google will make them available. The firm also adds that the Titan Keys can be used anywhere FIDO (Fast ID Online) keys are accepted.

The next security feature is G Suite Enterprise specific, and uses Google’s machine learning in order to detect anomalous activity on the platform. Now admins will receive alerts should there be any unusual activity such as data exfiltration or policy violations related to external file sharing or downloading. The anomaly detection is available in beta for G Suite Enterprise and Enterprise for Education customers.

The last of the new features is aimed at those using SaaS apps, and in particular need to support legacy applications that still require username and password for authentication, with password vaulted apps getting support for Google’s Cloud Identity in coming days.

The combination of standards-based and password vaulted app support is set to deliver one of the largest app catalogs in the industry, Google notes.

With one more day to go until Google Cloud Next ends, there will no doubt be more announcements in the offing.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.