Google Workspace: More security for Meet and Gmail

Google is adding several new security features to its workspace, which is a software package from the cloud that was formerly known as G Suite. Among other things, users should report a troublemaker directly in a video conference with Meet and be able to substantiate this with a short recording. If the call is internal to the company, the responsible administrator can also access logs of the incident.

In addition, Google wants to offer new log options not only for Meet, but also for chat, telephone calls with voice, mailing lists with groups and the calendar. With them, those responsible should monitor activities and malfunctions of their application directly in the Security Center and be able to react to them here. Administrators can also define rules for security notifications, for example, in the console of all workspace licenses. The new rule templates, however, are reserved for the Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus variants; according to Google, they should cover the most common occurrences and best practices.

MDM security means that system administrators will in future be able to more easily deny or allow specific mobile devices access. Apps and web applications of the cloud package can now also be managed on the same page, for example to assign these services to all users or to just one department of the company with one click.

Furthermore, those users who access Gmail via an email client via IMAP now also receive the malware and phishing protection that has long been included in the web application. Its purpose is to protect users from links to prepared websites by the software checking the latter for malware after clicking the link and only then opening it.

Details on all updates can be found in the provider’s blog entry. Google wants to make the new functions available in the next few weeks; users should only receive email protection immediately. The predecessor of today’s Workspace saw the light of day in 2007, and the app suite now primarily competes with other cloud packages such as Microsoft 365.

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