In the last year alone, Google Docs has become ubiquitous, but a major criticism often overlooked by countless workplaces that use it is that it is not end-to-end encrypted, so that it will allow Google or any requesting government agency to access company files.
However, Google finally resolved this critical issue through a round of updates, allowing customers to protect their data by storing their own encryption keys. Google Workspace is the company’s enterprise products, including Google Docs, Slides and Sheet, and is adding client-side encryption so that the company’s data cannot be deciphered by Google.
Companies using Google Workspace can currently store their encryption keys in one of four partners. They are Flowcrypt, Futurex, Thales or Virtru, and all four vendors are compatible with Google’s specifications. This move is mainly aimed at regulated industries-such as finance, medical and defense-where intellectual property and sensitive data are subject to strict privacy and compliance rules.
Later this year, Google will announce the details of the API, allowing corporate customers to build their own internal key services, allowing workplaces to retain direct control over their encryption keys. This means that if the government wants the company’s data, they must knock on their front door – instead of sneaking a legal request from the back to the key holder.
In recent years, it has become a growing trend for technology companies to allow their corporate customers to control their own encryption keys. Slack and cloud computing provider Egnyte is the first to allow their enterprise users to store their own encryption keys, effectively removing themselves from the surveillance circle. But Google has dragged on the encryption issue for a long time, so much so that many startups are working hard to establish alternatives and implant encryption technology from the ground up.
Google said that it is also introducing new trust rules for the file-sharing method in Google hard drives, so that administrators can have more detailed sharing methods for sensitive files of different levels, and introduced new data classification labels to mark The sensitivity level of the file, such as “secret” or “internal”.
The company said it is improving its malware protection efforts and can now block phishing and malware shared from within the organization, with the goal of helping reduce employees sharing malicious files by mistake.
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