Screenshot 2015-12-28 at 11.52.26 AMGoogle worked hard in 2015 to ensure stronger, simpler security of your data in Google Apps. Because security has always been a top priority for Google, they’re continuously working to stay ahead. Here are the 15 steps that Google took to enhance data security at work in 2015.

  1. Security keys make two-step verification easy and provide better data protection against phishing attacks. Watch video.
  2. Complete mobile management for devices (MDM) and apps (MAM) across Google Apps – this is included as part of Google Apps for Work. Read more.
  3. Google Apps expanded identity services to allow secure single sign-on access to a wider set of SaaS and custom-built apps on desktop and mobile devices. Read more.
  4. Google Drive lets you control if your files can be downloaded, printed, or copied by others. Learn how.
  5. Create custom alerts on events in Drive, like documents being made public or changes in sharing permissions. Identify potentially suspicious login attempts or service setting changes by other administrators. Learn how.
  6. Google Apps offers self-service password recovery, so employees don’t lose valuable time being locked out of their accounts. Change settings.
  7. Because different teams have different needs, you can control sharing settings by department. Set share permissions.
  8. Keep track of activity across Google Groups, like changes to settings, permissions, and membership with audit logs. Read more.
  9. Android for Work helps businesses deploy apps right alongside their users’ personal apps knowing their data stays safe. Learn about Android for Work.
  10. Google launched Password Alert, an opensource Chrome extension that protects your Google Apps password from phishing attacks and encourages people to use different passwords for different sites. Learn more.
  11. Google released the Google Cloud Security Scanner, which makes it easier to check apps for common security vulnerabilities, including cross-site scripting (XSS) and mixed content. Learn how it works.
  12. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Gmail adds another layer of protection to prevent sensitive information from being leaked in email messages or attachments. Learn how.
  13. Google added a new privacy standard to their compliance framework – Google Apps for Work adopted ISO 27018 cloud privacy standard to provide guidance for cloud providers on protecting personally identifiable information. Read more.
  14. A report by Google, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan reveals encouraging trends on the state of security of email and emerging threats. Read report.
  15. Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys bring unprecedented control over encryption in the public cloud. Now you can retain control of data while taking advantage of the benefits of being in the cloud. Find out more.

With these enhancements and Google’s ongoing dedication to security, you can feel confident about your company’s data security and reap the many benefits of doing business in the cloud.

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