UPDATED 12:00 EST / APRIL 10 2019

googlecloudsecurity SECURITY

Google announces a raft of new products to enhance cloud security

Google LLC today announced a wide range of new cloud security services aimed at delivering increased trust in Google Cloud.

The new services, introduced at Google’s annual Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, are said to deliver increased visibility into cloud environments by allowing users to detect threats, speed response and remediation, mitigate data exfiltration risks, ensure a secure software supply chain and strengthen policy compliance.

Leading a long list are new Access Transparency and Access Approval tools that google said deliver meaningful oversight over provider operations. A Data Loss Prevention user interface, released in beta, and VPC Service Controls assist in preventing data exfiltration.

Google’s existing Cloud Security Command Center is being upgraded with new Event Threat Detection, Security Health Analytics, Cloud Security Scanner and Stackdriver Incident Response, all of which will be released either in beta today or in coming months.

Apigee security reporting is a new service that allows Google Cloud users to view the security status of their application programming interfaces. The software supply chain also gets attention with Container Registry vulnerability scanning, Binary Authorization, GKE Sandbox, Managed SSL Certificates for GKE and Shielded VMs.

In addition, G Suite data regions are covered with enhancements that include advanced phishing and malware protection, a new security sandbox and security center and alert center admin collaboration and automation.

Those who use Google Cloud for machine learning gain a new Policy Intelligence service in beta. For general web use, Google Cloud now has Phishing Protection and reCAPTCHA Enterprise.

“Creating environments that are secure — and keeping them that way — is job number one for organizations that run in the cloud,” Jennifer Lin, a product management director at Google Cloud, said in a statement. “At Google Cloud, we’re committed to ensuring advanced security is an enabler for businesses who need greater agility with improved governance.”

Although Google Cloud was the main focus of the announcements today, Google also launched a new service for general users: an extension of the service it provides via its Titan Security Key to Android phones. Starting today, Android users (7.0 and up) will be able to use their phones as a security key to access and unlock computers.

To access the service, users should add their Google Account on their Android phone and turn on Bluetooth. On a given computer, users should visit g.co/2sv and click on “add security key.” After adding their Android phone from a list of available devices, the job is done and the phone now operates as a security key.

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