3 Ways Google Cloud Delivers ‘Defense in Depth’ (Paid Post by Google Cloud From The New York Times)

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Organizations know the importance of pervasive security: Any means employees have for accessing valuable data can potentially be exploited by cybercriminals. Google Cloud protects you by taking a comprehensive approach to security, with safeguards built in at every touchpoint. This is called “defense in depth,” and it helps give companies confidence and peace of mind so they have the freedom to innovate. Here are three key ways Google Cloud keeps businesses safe.

Attackers who seek sensitive information often target a company’s employees. “People are naturally curious,” says Rob Sadowski, a member of the Google Cloud security team. “It’s easy to click a cleverly crafted link to a phishing site.” To prevent targeted scams such as these, Google Cloud uses machine learning to protect users: Every minute Google blocks 10 million spam messages, identifies two phishing sites and scans 694,000 web pages for malware.

For maximum security, a business should encrypt sensitive data. Google Cloud encrypts data at rest by default, by dividing data into pieces, or “shards,” then encrypting each one with its own encryption key. The encrypted shards are then distributed to separate network locations for greater performance and protection. “Not only do we encrypt by default,” Sadowski says, “but the way we implement makes it more difficult for an attacker to exploit.”

Too often, off-the-shelf security products have flaws that hackers can exploit, so Google Cloud designs its own solutions. Google Cloud’s purpose-built security chip — the Titan chip — verifies the integrity of hardware and software on its servers. “These safeguards help ensure the integrity of our core infrastructure,” Sadowski says. “Because you can’t build a secure system on an insecure foundation.”

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