shutterstock_399288955Google hosted a live digital event this week focused on rethinking security in the cloud. More and more companies are realizing the cost savings and productivity benefits of being in the cloud, but there continues to be some hesitation centered around safety and security of data. At Atmosphere, Google security experts and customers discussed how Google’s innovative security technology meets the unique challenges of working and living in the cloud. Below you will find highlights from the event and our top takeaways on cloud security.

Why Chromebooks “Just Work” – Lessons from Charles Schwab 

Charles Schwab wanted to offer their clients a fast, easy way, to open new accounts at any of their stores nationwide. The company first needed to find a scalable, reliable solution that would provide a friendly customer experience, while meeting stringent security requirements. Charles Schwab’s technology team rolled out thousands of Google Chromebooks across the country quickly and seamlessly. Using Google Apps and Chromebooks, the company can now:

  • Manage every device from a central location
  • Roll out access to accounts easily and quickly
  • Provide a superior user experience

One of our favorite soundbites from the day was that Chromebooks “just work at anytime, all the time.” This company manages their client’s extremely personal financial information and trusts Google’s devices to work all the time, safely in the cloud.

Google’s Security Vision for the Future

Perhaps our favorite session from the day was a roundtable discussion with Google’s security experts. The group discussed a major shift in market perception in which companies are realizing that their data is actually more secure in the cloud. With any cloud provider, you will have the benefit and peace of mind knowing that a team of security experts are solely focused on protecting your data; this just isn’t possible for companies who are using on-premise solutions. Google has some of the largest banks and stringent governments as clients who trust their ability to protect data. Google’s ability to solve security challenges for customers like these is a testament to their advanced security capabilities.

Another favorite soundbite came from Suzanne Frey, Director of Security, Trust, and Privacy for Google Apps. She discussed how Google security comes in two forms; it’s traditional cyber security, but it’s also security against technological stagnation. Avoiding stagnation and staying ahead of the technology curve by trusting Google allows companies the ability to innovate, bring ideas to life, be competitive, be more productive, and focus on the things that really matter.

google-data-1-fullThe group also discussed the “elephant in the room”; a dynamic tension between the desire to have access to data and keeping data safe. Enterprises often struggle with the idea of allowing a 3rd party to be the steward of their data and there is concern over what they are going to do with that data. However, advancements in computer science, like machine learning, are made possible with customer data. Google works hard to maintain that perfect balance between making sure customers have complete control over their data and the ability to enhance the way they work, improve productivity, and save on cost. 

4 Ways To Keep Your Business Secure

The final session of the day was an overview and demo of the ways that Google keeps their customers data secure. Google persistently pushes to provide customers with cutting-edge security for their business. Google leads in security with four features to provide customers with the most secure network for their data:

  • Strong authentication: Google’s front-line strategy to authentication allows the business to utilize two-step verification— which requires the user to enter a code sent to their mobile phone after logging in from a new device or after their 30 day expiration. For an additional layer of security, customers may chose to utilize Security Keys; this is a physical USB “key” that plugs into your device’s USB port. 
  • Password security: Google’s password alert protects your password from phishing attacks and encourages people to use different passwords for different sites. Google also provides single sign-on access to a wide variety of SaaS and custom-built apps on desktop and mobile devices.
  • Data loss prevention: Google enforces strong prevention against data loss; Google DLP (Data Loss Prevention) adds another layer of protection to prevent sensitive information from being leaked in email messages or attachments. Additionally, Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Emails (DKIM), and Domain Based Message Authentication (DMARS) are systems reinforcing protection against email phishing.
  • Enterprise mobile management: With the ability to access Google Apps on mobile devices, Google provides password strength and lock screen features to administer additional security on mobile devices. Google also gives users the option to set devices on “kiosk mode,” — a setting that allows multiple users to utilize a device and keeps their information secure by wiping the data on the device when a new user accesses it.

For more information on Google for Work or cloud security, please contact us. You can also watch the on demand recording of Atmosphere Digital here.