U.S. Army chooses Google Workspace

Cloud computing is all the rage. One of the many popular ways to leverage cloud services for businesses is Google’s Office infrastructure. The U.S. Army decided that it would be best for their zero-trust needs and uses Google Workspace to operate builds across multiple cloud providers, giving them full visibility into security requirements.

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Promoting trust and security for the workforce is always painful. But, when the stakes are high, it becomes even more difficult. As attacks continue to trend in cybernetic nature, securing a multicloud environment isn’t easy. For example, nation state-sponsored cyberattacks remain a constant threat with emphasis on organizations like the U.S. Army who must provide mission logistics and support to troops in active combat zones like Russia-Ukraine conflict zones.

US Army moves to eliminate the last of notions that working remotely is a dangerous idea.

Last week, Google Cloud announced a new partnership with the United States Army. This would enable 250,000 soldiers to use Google Workspace for free for twelve months.

Enterprises don’t need to abandon digital collaboration tools in order to stay productive. By prioritizing platforms that allow zero trust access controls on the cloud, organizations can remain compliant and secure their networks against even the most determined attackers.

Google’s Google Workspace servers run on multiple clouds and use a zero-trust model to ensure that there is no data loss across locations.

Today, Google launched the Public Sector division. This new division supports public-sector entities like federal, state and local governments and educational institutions by offering software subscriptions, data licensing options and more.

The U.S. Army offers one core component of collaboration security that uses Google Workspace: no trust.

“A recent executive order from the President of the United States, Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, calls for a ‘zero trust’ approach to ensure safety, while upholding privacy and retaining American’s personal liberties,” said Will Grannis, CEO at GPS.

In order to protect your digital assets and make sure they stay secure, we offer well-built security products. Digital management solution WorkPlace leverages Google’s zero-trust technologies to provide a secure email, communication and collaboration solution. Google’s existing solutions for security can help accelerate any agency’s efforts to ensure that their estate is protected from modern cyberattacks.

The importance of a secure cloud-based ecosystem was confirmed by the U.S. Army, as they are making a push for security and encryption when working with multiple clouds. “The Army and DoD have committed to a multicloud strategy, and this decision reinforces the need for an encryption system available in every cloud,” said a U.S. Army spokesperson.”

“Google’s zero-trust capabilities align well with the DoD Zero-Trust reference architecture, and enables the Army to continue integrating the solution into our existing cloud-based cybersecurity environment for advanced threat detection, monitoring and risk management,” said the spokesperson.

There are significant implications for enterprises.

Google has proven that a new technology can be more valuable to the enterprise market than expected. Their efforts to protect regulated data in the workplace are exemplified, as well as their investor-friendly approach.

With so many organizations already using a multi-cloud architecture, there is potential for zero trust to transform how organizations deal with cloud security.

Today’s work environments reflect the changing expectations of today’s workers. With no way to undo the remote-work revolution, we must adapt our software for this increasingly advanced workflow. Multicloud architectures are important for supporting this type of work environment.

Trust is a four-letter word, but in our increasingly digital world, there is another concept that’s becoming popular. We found someone to trust.

When it comes to ensuring the security of your digital organization, zero trust is about authenticating your users and devices before they are allowed access. It also works with gated on-premises networks and multitenant cloud deployments.

Gartner’s Thomas Lintemuth advises that as you implement zero trust, be mindful of differentiating between applications and ensuring users have access: identify each application for which you need a new model of information-sharing; and continue to add signals to increase the efficacy of reducing trust.

It’s challenging to implement zero trust because organizations have to put in place authentication methods that not only authenticate users, but also offer a strong user experience. If the user experience isn’t robust enough, it could slow down the speed of business and even result in lower productivity.

As we’ve seen over the past few years, traditional solutions for authentication are out and Google workspaces, like the Google Apps for Business suite and Office 365 offer secure authentication services. Under these instances, organizations need to provide employees with user-friendly, high-performance solutions that can enable them to authenticate on their local devices by using their existing credentials.

Google Workspace is a browser-based office software program that provides an alternative to Microsoft Office 365.

While not the only provider to offer zero-trust capabilities, Google is still a popular option. Microsoft Office 365 is one of its more prominent competitors, with their own array of zero-trust options.

Enterprises can use Office 365 to allow for protection and control over access to cloud applications and SaaS services via Conditional Access. They can also be used to apply device access policies to determine what authentication steps the user needs to follow in order to log in.

With the rising popularity of collaboration tools, like Slack, it’s worth noting that providers such as mine have begun experimenting with zero trust. It uses identity and access controls, including SAML-based single sign on, two-factor authentication, user and group provisioning, and session management in order to reduce risk of unauthorized access.

Every day it becomes more and more clear that the need to work in a decentralized, secure manner is becoming increasingly important. Google Workspace and Office 365 offer zero-trust capabilities, making them the go-to choice online when collaboration is needed.

In the office suite market – which is described by Statista as software application providers with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases – Google G Suite and Office 365 have a 48% and 46% share.

Securing user access has become a complex issue. Not only does it take time to implement a robust process for authenticating users, but your company needs to offer a user-friendly login system with fast transaction times that can keep up with the pace of business.

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