Google has announced 30 new features or enhancements of its Google Cloud platform that are designed to improve the ability of organizations to manage security not only for the Google platform, but other cloud-based services and applications as well. “The mission here is to build the most trusted cloud,” said Michael Aiello, product management director for Google Cloud, at a press conference announcing the new features.
For example, Google Cloud will now have context-aware access at no additional charge. In addition, some G Suite customers will have access to a beta version of this feature. The feature was previously only available in beta for the Google Cloud Platform, he said. Google is also working on making its products easier to set up and configure in a secure way.
“We agree with analysts that the biggest issues in the future are that it’s tough to configure and set this up in a safe way,” said Aiello. “Our goal is to make this simpler and simpler and simpler.” Google’s virtual private cloud security controls, previously in beta, are now generally available. These let Google’s cloud customers define security perimeters around specific resources such as cloud storage buckets, BigTable instances and BigQuery datasets. They’re part of the Google Cloud Security Command Center, first introduced last year, which now enters general availability.