Google goes public with security reports
To make web users feel better about getting into the cloud, Google has decided to publically share their security reports.
Security is one of the top online concerns for businesses and individuals alike, so it's no wonder search giant Google is keen to allay fears and show they take their responsibilities seriously. The company has released their recent security audit reports to prove they are protecting customer data, allowing the average web browser or business to see exactly what Google’s doing for them in the cloud.
The Security Compliance Audit
The tech titan has taken the massive step of sharing their recent ISO 27001 certificate and SOC 2 and SOC 3 Type II security audits. They’ve made this unusual decision because they want businesses and individuals to know they can trust their data in the cloud and in Google's Apps. These reports were previously available only to people who were already customers and were only accessible following a number of formalities and the signing of a non-disclosure agreement.
The reports cover information about Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education and the Google Cloud Platform, and while sharing information like this may open the company up to potential criticism, they are confident that transparency is the best way to win over the public's trust.
Speaking to TechCrunch, Google’s director of security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum said, “Security, privacy and ultimately trust is one of the key points people still have with the cloud. When you give your data to a vendor in the cloud, you want to understand what they do with it. A key point for gaining that trust is transparency.”
The growth of security concerns
The last few years have seen businesses and consumers more concerned than ever when it comes to data security. News of social media sites like Facebook not keeping their customer information as private as has been assumed, problems like the Heartbleed flaw and documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have all combined to create a strong feeling of concern when it comes to online security.
Google has taken this worry into account and decided to be proactive about facing challenges. They are not the only software giant to do so – both Microsoft and Amazon have been known to publish similar reports. The availability of this information means that businesses and individuals have the opportunity to ensure they are working with a company that's able to offer the security they need.
Before investing in cloud software for your business, take advantage of the information freely available and choose a vendor you feel you can trust.