The Google Drive for Work Cloud Security Rules of the Road There’s no denying it: the business benefits of Google Drive for Work are incredible. Drive for Work makes it easy to create,…

The Google Drive for Work Cloud Security Rules of the Road

Michael Gleason

I spend my days (and nights) explaining how the strengths of the cloud - high availability, scalability, and interoperability - can help us overcome what is often considered its greatest weakness: security.

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There’s no denying it: the business benefits of Google Drive for Work are incredible. Drive for Work makes it easy to create, access, and distribute information, including the sensitive data you would like to keep an eye on.

From a cloud security standpoint, the results can vary. In a best case scenario, internal users have access to information they shouldn’t. In a worst case situation, organizations may increase the risk of data loss or exploitation. Today’s forward-thinking organizations don’t let security concerns stand in the way of empowering users through cloud technologies.

If cloud security and compliance are priorities for you and your team, read our new eBook on the topic. Either way, be sure to take the following into account:

  • Data. First and foremost, you must keep your data secure. Although Drive for Work comes with some fantastic built in security capabilities, such as encryption at rest and in transit, your organization is still responsible for behavioral security – including what data users put in the cloud. Continuously monitoring the environment means you can catch sensitive data and take a proactive approach to data security.
  • Collaboration. That being said, don’t let security interrupt collaboration and productivity. If you do, you’ll be left with unhappy users and an underutilized platform. Adopt security best practices that take the user experience into account. Our eBook outlines this further with a step-by-step guide of how to make it possible.
  • 3rd Party Apps.  The extensive access scopes of some 3rd party apps introduce security concerns to the domain. For example, if the 3rd party app is malicious or compromised, a hacker can leverage the permissions granted by the app (which can go so far as to allow the app to create, modify or delete files within the domain) to access sensitive data or alter the environment. Still, the power stemming from the extensive network of 3rd party Google Drive applications should be harnessed, not feared. To do so, you need to understand what apps are connected to the domain and their risk level, and then work with users to make sure the right balance between user enablement and security is struck.

Ready for More?

In our eBook, you will learn strategy and tactics every organization can leverage to complement Google’s data protection capabilities, with a specific focus on behavioral security.

The eBook discusses data security and compliance within Drive, dives into the power of securely enabling collaboration, speaks to the value, risk, and potential controls around 3rd party SaaS apps, examines the benefits of file-level encryption, and finishes with actionable tips to make it all happen.

Get your copy today.

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