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Know how Google Cloud’s new security features will help you safeguard your data

Google Cloud Storage protects data by default with rich security controls and the ability to audit as required.

Google Cloud, not only helps its users to store data, but also invests in protecting and securing its customers’ data across all the products. “As enterprise storage needs grow, our security and compliance protections grow too. Cloud Storage secures data by default with rich security controls and the ability to audit as needed,” said Subhasish Chakraborty, Product Manager at Google Cloud Storage. For this, Google Cloud has announced the product updates to protect your data even in complex and multi-cloud environments.

V4 signature support is one of the new security features in Cloud Storage. According to the tech giant, “V4 signature capability enables customers to generate signed URLs (also referred to as pre-signed URLs) with limited permissions and duration, which they can issue to their clients/users who don’t need to have a Google identity.”

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The official Google Cloud blog post further added that hash-based message authentication (HMAC) for Cloud Storage service accounts is another latest security feature. A per Google Cloud, “You can now manage and use hash-based message authentication (HMAC) credentials associated with Cloud Storage service accounts, rather than user accounts. This feature strengthens your authentication and security by not having to rely on credentials tied to the user accounts.” Additionally, this feature also enables you interoperate seamlessly among multiple cloud vendors with regards to security and authentication setups and practices.

The third feature to join the list of latest security update of Google Cloud is uniform bucket-level access for Cloud Identity and Access Management (Cloud IAM). The Cloud IAM allows a user to apply access policies by role to Cloud Storage users, along with other Google Cloud products. “The new uniform bucket-level access feature lets you uniformly configure access through Cloud IAM Policies to your Cloud Storage resources, allowing for manageability at scale. When it’s enabled on a bucket, only bucket-level Cloud IAM permissions grant access to that bucket and the objects it contains,” the official blog post revealed.

In addition to these features, Google Cloud Storage protects data by default with rich security controls and the ability to audit as required. “Features like Bucket Lock, Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), and Access Transparency already help keep your data safe in Cloud Storage,” added Subhasish Chakraborty.

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