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Thursday 14 October 2021

Google Cybersecurity Action Team takes form

Google Cybersecurity Action Team takes formGoogle is strengthening its cyber security capabilities to offer advisory and professional support services to its customers and integrate more specialist third party cloud-native security tools into its Workspace productivity platform.

The company is aiming to help organisations of all sizes implement digital transformation programmes securely, everything from government departments and critical national infrastructure (CNI) providers to enterprises and small businesses.

Given the criticality of their activity and the volumes of sensitive data they store and process, we think large public sector customers and CNIs in particluar are likely to demand greater levels of cyber security protection than Google has historically provided. Many also need advice on how best to define and implement broader security strategies and risk management frameworks future proofed for post-pandemic hybrid working environments.

The new Google Cybersecurity Action Team includes advisory engagements and professional services support alongside threat intelligence and incident response services and a standardised, certified approach to deploying Google Cloud products and services securely in compliance with data protection and privacy regulation.

Google also launched its Work Safer proposition earlier this week, which combines cloud-native, zero-trust solutions from Google Workspace with best of breed tools from cyber security specialists Palo Alto Networks and CrowdStrike. The CrowdStrike collaboration provides extended detection and response (XDR) tools which are also certified to work with additional cyber security platforms from Mimecast, Proofpoint, Zscaler, Okta and Extrahop via the CrowdXDR Alliance.

Protecting data and applications stored in cloud-hosted and hybrid IT environments has become a bigger priority since more people started working from home. Employees now access SaaS-based email, productivity and other databases on a much larger scale than previously, with the greater reliance on distributed locations and network connectivity potentially expanding the attack surface for hackers.

Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that cyber incidents involving cloud-native systems outnumbered those involving on-premise equivalents for the first time in 2020. Superscalar cloud service providers including Google, Microsoft and AWS have responded accordingly, either embedding additional layers of protection into their services or partnering specialist cyber security suppliers to fill in the gaps.

Posted by: Martin Courtney at 09:30

Tags: threatintelligence   advisory   cybersecurity   XDR   cloud-native  

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