UPDATED 12:01 EST / DECEMBER 16 2019

SECURITY

In new security push, Google Cloud adds a raft of integrations and partner tie-ups

Google LLC today announced a bevy of integrations between its cloud platform and popular cybersecurity tools, as well as several new partner-provided offerings, that will give enterprise customers more ways to defend themselves against hacking.

The product integrations are the linchpin of the announcement. They span several key security tool categories and include a number of major players in the network protection market.

In the endpoint protection category, McAfee LLC is bringing its MVISION Cloud for Containers service to Google Cloud to help companies protect their containerized workloads. Customers will additionally have access to a number of tools from McAfee’s Endpoint Protection suite, which can now be used to defend Google Cloud virtual machines running Windows and Linux. All the solutions will become available via the Google Cloud Marketplace.

In the threat intelligence category, the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary is adding integrations with two different providers. Google Cloud will now use data on hacker activity gathered by Palo Alto Networks Inc. and well-funded security startup Tanium Inc. to give enterprises a clearer picture of potential risks facing them online. Threat intelligence from Palo Alto Networks’ AutoFocus service will become available in Google Cloud via Event Threat Detection, while Tanium telemetry will be fed to Backstory.

On the identity management front, Google is making ForgeRock Inc.’s toolkit for controlling user access to applications available on its platform. Customers that use Active Directory as part of their user management workflow, in turn, can now employ Active Directory protection tools from Semperis Ltds. and STEALTHbits Technologies Inc. to mitigate risks such as insider threats and outages.

Google is also checking off a couple other partner-developed products off its checklist today. Citrix Systems Inc.’s Workplace, a platform for running virtual Windows desktops, can now be deployed on Google Cloud, while Fortinet Inc. is bringing aboard its FortiWeb Cloud web application firewall.

We understand that many customers have dedicated tools and strategic relationships with the industry’s leading security vendors,” Google Cloud Corporate Vice President Kevin Ichhpurani and Vice President Sunil Potti wrote in a blog post. “We want to meet you where you are, allowing you to preserve your investments, as well as benefit from functionality you can’t get on other clouds. That’s why we work closely with partners in the security industry.”

Google is deepening its collaboration with consulting partners as well. The company today announced that IBM Corp., Deloitte Inc., Wipro Ltd., KKR & Co. Inc. subsidiary Optiv Security Inc., Austria’s Comm-IT gmbH and Kansas City-based Fishtech Group LLC’s CYDERES subsidiary will expand the range of security services they offer for Google Cloud customers. The new consulting packages span categories such as risk assessment and breach containment, among others. 

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