Google Cloud is continuing its expansion of security services to customers, with product and service announcements today that underscore the urgency and anxiety enterprises face when placing more of their business online.
In a blog post, the company announced the beta release of Web Risk API, a Google Cloud service that allows applications to verify URLs against Google’s database of suspect sites. The company also said that its Cloud HSM, a managed cloud-hosted hardware security module, is now generally available.
“Today’s enterprises face a complex threat environment,” wrote Jennifer Lin, director of product management at Google Cloud. “Attacks targeting users, networks, sensitive information and communications are increasing in sophistication and scale. Organizations of all sizes need advanced security capabilities that are easy to deploy and manage to help defend against these threats.”
As more data migrates into the cloud, the targets become far more tempting to hackers — and potentially more lucrative if they can access sensitive data. Even as companies are feeling the push to modernize and move operations into the cloud, some understandably remain hesitant amid disturbing headlines of growing cyberattacks.
So Google and other cloud giants are trying to beef up security to ease those fears.
In December, Google Cloud rolled out its Cloud Security Command Center beta — with a series of new features designed to more quickly identify vulnerabilities and limit damage from threats or attacks. Cloud SCC offers a centralized view that gives users a clear picture of all their cloud assets.
The Web Risk API is designed to offer continuously updated information to accelerate identification of bad sites while also warning users to avoid clicking suspect links that may have been posted by other users. Google Cloud says the API tracks more than 1 million URLs and examines billions more every day.
Users can now also purchase the Cloud HSM for their network, a device that enables cryptography and key managemen