Google has a new security certification for its business suite, Google Apps for Business, that has significantly increased its cloud security. This new ISO 27001 certification is not only better for Google, but it’s also better for businesses, as it offers an even higher level of protection against vulnerabilities.
ISO 27001 security certification is among the most internationally accepted independent security standards and is part of an Information Security Management System. The certification can only be earned by suites that have information security controls that address impacts, vulnerabilities, and threats, that have risk treatment methods, and that have a management system that functions to meet both future and current security needs.
In order to determine whether or not it met these requirements, Google had to undergo a third-party audit. Ernst & Young CertifyPoint conducted the audit in three different stages. To begin, the body informally assessed Google Apps for Business’ information security risks and controls. Upon passing this assessment, Google underwent a formal, in-depth audit of its security risks, controls, and management systems. Finally, Ernst & Young CertifyPoint conducted many follow-up examinations that ensured Google was continuing its security practices.
Google went through the rigorous audit process to earn ISO 27001 certification for its business cloud suite because the higher ranking significantly improves the platform. But not only is this new certification better for Google, it’s also better for businesses.
Ever since Google first entered the cloud computing market in 2006, it has worked to provide its customers with high levels of data protection. While many businesses turn to the cloud for universal access to data, only recently have businesses moved to the cloud for better security. But Google hopes to change that, especially for larger businesses. Though small businesses have shown they feel increasingly comfortable with cloud security, large corporations have voiced some doubts about the protection their data would enjoy in the cloud. However, now that Google Apps for Business is certified in such an internationally accepted standard, these doubts will likely dissipate and make these businesses more accepting of the idea of a Google Apps migration.
Businesses should also rest assured knowing that this is not the last investment that Google intends to make in cloud security. According to Eran Feigenbaum, Director of Security for Google Enterprise, Google will continue to undergo third-party audits to ensure that its information security systems are continuing to meet high standards.
If you’re a business owner, it is extremely important for you to know that your data is secure. Information is essential to the daily operations of your business, and you need the peace of mind that your precious data will not be vulnerable to threats or compromised by hackers. In order to guarantee that your data is safe, you should be familiar with and understand the security certifications your service provider has earned. In the case of Google Apps for Business, you can rest assured knowing that the suite has been verified in an internationally accepted standard by a third-party auditing body and that its security controls will continue to be reviewed.
This piece was contributed by Cloud Sherpas, a leading cloud service provider and was named the “Google Enterprise 2011 Partner of the Year.” As one of the first Google Enterprise partners, Cloud Sherpas has migrated over one million users across a variety of industries from legacy, on-premise messaging systems to Google Apps, helping organizations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses. A Google Apps Reseller in Atlanta, GA, Cloud Sherpas has regional offices in locations including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin and Sydney, and has more Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists than any other partner in the world.