Google Releases New Data Controls for Chrome Browser and OS
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Today, Google announced the Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework, a set of plug-and-play integrations for Okta, BlackBerry, Samsung, and Splunk designed to secure user access to the operating system (OS) and to the Chrome browser.
The new integrations will give businesses new data controls in Chrome OS that better protect users and devices in enterprise environments. It will also give security teams more tools to report and manage incidents.
As an example of what integrations can do, BlackBerry’s unified endpoint management capabilities will allow security teams to enable security policies, including remote wipe, password enforcement and group and authorize list configurations for users on Chrome OS devices using the Chrome Browser.
Similarly, the integration of Netskope Security Cloud will allow enterprises to control user identity and access to critical data, verifying user, device and requested action.
Additional integrations will be released later this year from other vendors, including VMware, CrowdStrike, and Palo Alto Networks.
Endpoint security and identity management
The integrations will complement Google’s ecosystem security measures to reduce the likelihood of compromise as a result of malware or ransomware, securing tools for businesses that use Google Cloud products such as Google Workspace, Google Cloud Pub/ Sub, Google Chronicle and BeyondCorp Enterprise. .
“With a significant increase in cybercrime, security solutions need to become more integrated. Instead of worrying about whether various security solutions work together or having to stick to a single vendor’s integrated stack, security and IT teams should have the choice to select best-in-class tools that meet their needs,” said Scott Porter, general manager of Chrome partnerships. at Google.
As part of this vision, the integrations will also offer password sync functionality allowing businesses to validate devices and verify users.
Additionally, the Chrome Policy API will provide more visibility into Chrome OS device security and highlight security issues such as visiting malicious websites, downloading malware, or reusing passwords.
It’s an approach that will not only provide better protection for users from endpoint-level threats, but is also designed to help organizations move towards a zero-trust model – with the Okta identity engine providing supports policies for Chrome OS to provide authentication controls.
Chrome’s approach to zero trust
The launch of Google Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework comes as researchers predict the global zero trust market will grow from $19.6 billion in 2020 to a value of $51.6 billion by 2026, with more growing. organizations looking for new approaches to manage user identity and access to critical data assets. .
This comes as Google was also part of a recent announcement, along with other tech giants like Microsoft and Apple, that commitment to roll out passwordless authentication options for users over the next year. to combat identity-based threats.
Now, Google Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework builds on the organization’s existing passwordless authentication options by offering identity and security access features from Okta and Netskope via the Password Sync API and the Verified Access API to validate Chrome devices and users.
While traditional identity and access management solution providers like OneLogin control identity by providing one-click access to all applications in cloud environments with access management capabilities, Chrome Enterprise is designed specifically to help manage user permissions in the browser and Chrome OS.
“Chrome Enterprise provides secure, instant access to online work resources, authorized apps, and legacy software while allowing IT managers to adjust user permissions with comprehensive, customizable policies,” Porter said.
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