At the recent Google Cloud Next event in London, Google announced a handful of new security tools and capabilities for Google Cloud Platform. These new features provide Google Cloud users with more advanced components for their data encryption, network security, security analytics, and user protection strategies.
These new capabilities come in the form of updates to previously-existing Google Cloud services, as well as brand new security-focused tools that users can launch in the cloud. The key announcements include:
- External Key Manager. Google Cloud’s data encryption tool can now integrate with Cloud KMS, BigQuery, and Compute Engine, other services offered by Google Cloud. A new feature for External Key Manager, Key Access Justifications, provides enterprises with justifications for encryption key requests and the ability for users to explicitly approve or deny all requests.
- Google Cloud Armor. Google announced new web application firewall (WAF) capabilities for Cloud Armor to help administrators protect applications against distributed and targeted threats. Cloud Armor also now integrates with Cloud Security Command Center to notify users of suspicious application traffic patterns.
- Packet Mirroring. Currently in beta, this new tool lets users collect and inspect network traffic for Compute Engine and GKE.
- Advanced Protection Program. This service, which safeguards Google accounts from targeted attacks, will now be rolled out to G Suite and Cloud Identity customers.
This announcement comes less than two years after Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. announced the enterprise security company Chronicle in January 2018. The move signified Alphabet’s commitment to assisting large-scale enterprises in maintaining security during digital transformation initiatives. Earlier this year, Chronicle became a unit of Google Cloud and is now offered to Google Cloud customers through their platform.
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