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AI-Powered Security Announced by Google Workspace

AI-powered security is coming to Google’s Workspace collaboration and productivity tools

In an announcement that promoted zero trust and digital sovereignty controls, Google announced the integration of Google AI into their Workspace product.

The release outlines the measures being taken to ensure that client data is secure in Google Workspace.

Their system’s use of AI-powered defenses makes it distinctive.

Apparently, Google says:

Legacy productivity solutions are unable to keep up with the intelligence of determined attackers and the sheer size of new attacks.

A cloud-native architecture based on zero-trust principles and enhanced with AI-powered threat defenses offers a superior solution.

Google provided statistics to demonstrate the security of their Workspace technologies.

They claimed to have 41% fewer security incidents than other email systems and zero known exploits from vulnerabilities.

One of Workspace’s breakthroughs is its capacity to free users from the necessity of using VPNs to tunnel across secure networks as a security safeguard, particularly with what Google refers to as context-aware access (CAA).

A client described how CAA allowed for greater access while also assuring complete security.

As quoted by them:

“Context-Aware Access (CAA) has assisted us in managing our risks by removing the need for binary access decisions and allowing access policies to be applied to the appropriate users, programs, and data. Since implementing CAA, we have increased user access to Google Workspace and given them greater trust in the security of their work.”

New capabilities enables greater control over data use and who has access to it.

Google AI is used to classify and label Google Drive data to protect it from

Leveraging Google AI to automatically and continuously classify and label data in Google Drive to help ensure data is appropriately shared and protected from having the data copied or removed by threat actors.

IT and set permission levels by device location or security status in order to lock down how data is shared.

These features are being added to Gmail:

Extending advanced DLP controls to Gmail: “advanced DLP controls are coming to Gmail and will be available in preview later this year. They are already available in Google Chat, Drive, and Chrome to help security teams govern sharing sensitive information inside and outside the business.

Other improvements are:

  • Client-side encryption (CSE) to prevent access from outside the company, including keeping the data away from Google and “foreign governments.”
  • Companies can select the country in which the encryption keys are stored, as well as where the data is stored and processed in order to comply with local regulations.

Read the announcement from Google:

Adding new zero trust and digital sovereignty controls to Google AI in Workspace

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