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Google Next 2021: Focus on security, sustainability and the distributed cloud of the workspace

Google made a slew of announcements focused on its cloud services ahead of its annual “Next” conference, which takes place later today. At Next, this time, the focus is on better security for its Workspace platform, a new Google Distributed Cloud platform for corporate clients, and sustainability and carbon footprint reports for cloud customers.

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Workspace is Google’s suite of offerings that includes email and other services. Previously, Google announced the availability of client-side encryption (CSE) in beta for Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Workspace. It is now bringing this functionality to Google Meet, which is the company’s video calling tool.

According to a blog post, CSE will give corporate customers of Google “full control over encryption keys while helping them meet data sovereignty and compliance requirements.” While the feature is in beta, it will allow Google business customers to manage their encryption keys without the need for a third partner.

Other features, which focus on security in Google Workplace, are the addition of data loss prevention (DLP) for Chat, although this is also in beta at the moment. Google says it will help customers “protect their sensitive data and information from the wrong hands, without affecting the end-user experience.” IT departments will be able to ensure that sensitive and confidential information does not leave the official chat thanks to this feature.

Google Workspace will benefit from more security-focused features. (Image via Google)

In addition, Google adds Drive labels in Workspace, where organizations will now be able to categorize files stored in Drive based on their sensitivity level. These labels integrate with Google Workspace Data Loss Prevention, making it easier to ensure that there is no external sharing, downloading and printing of sensitive files.

Google is also adding more protections against dangerous or suspicious files. It will now display a warning to corporate users to protect them and their organization against malware, phishing, and ransomware. This feature is available in Google Docs and will be rolling out for Google Sheets and Slides soon, according to the blog post.

Google also announced a new Cyber ​​Security Action Team (GCAT). (Image via Google)

The company also announced the launch of a Google Cyber ​​Security Action Team (GCAT), which it says is made up of cybersecurity experts from across the company. It will function as a leading security advisory team to support clients such as governments, critical infrastructure, large enterprises and even small businesses. It will provide advisory, trust and compliance services, and provide customer security and solution engineering to corporate customers of Google. It will also provide threat intelligence and incident response services to clients.

Additionally, as part of its sustainability efforts, Google Cloud will now provide carbon footprint reports for each Cloud Platform customer. Google Earth Engine will be available to some corporate customers, and this is aimed at helping them use satellite imagery and AI to “decarbonize their operations.”

Google also announced its Distributed Cloud, which is “a portfolio of hardware and software solutions” that extends the company’s cloud infrastructure and services to edge locations as well as customer data centers, which have a plan. control managed by Anthos. (Anthos is an open source control plane provided by Google for managing cloud applications).

The Google Cloud network as shown in this graph. (Image via Google)

As part of the Distributed Cloud platform, Google will allow customers to access edge locations, which can ensure lower latency for customers. Google says it will “support customer-owned edge or remote locations such as retail stores, factories, or branch offices,” as well as the Distributed Cloud platform, where customers may need compute. and localized treatment.

It’s a fully managed product that brings the infrastructure and services of Google Cloud closer to where a customer’s data is generated and consumed, according to the company.

Meanwhile, Google Distributed Cloud Hosted is designed to run sensitive workloads and is intended to support public sector customers and business entities that have stringent data residency, security, or privacy requirements. . It doesn’t require connectivity to Google Cloud at any time to manage infrastructure, services, APIs, or tools, the company said.

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