MSSPs rank among the provider’s primary targets for the services.

Kelly Teal, Contributing Editor

July 21, 2021

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Providing security for everything in a customer’s IT environment – the cloud, the network, devices – might well rank as managed security service providers’ greatest mandate. Google Cloud is listening.

Cyberattacks have grown more numerous and damaging over the past year, mostly because of the exploitation opportunities presented by COVID-19. Many organizations discovered they weren’t protecting  assets as well as they should have; as a result, hackers have taken advantage of those gaps.

Along the way, businesses and other firms essentially were forced to adopt cloud computing faster than they planned as the pandemic pushed employees into remote work. The speed and lack of preparation with which that happened left many an organization vulnerable. Even the most stalwart of companies – SolarWinds and Microsoft, as just two examples – fell victim to major breaches (and the attacks just keep on coming for Microsoft) amid all this unprecedented activity.

Cyberattacks Not Abating

Between COVID-19 and increasingly sophisticated hackers targeting increasingly sophisticated technologies, the need for security protocols will never abate. Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, agrees.


Google Cloud’s Thomas Kurian

“Hackers are demonstrating that they are getting bolder, more sophisticated and more prevalent,” he said. The comments came Tuesday at Google Cloud’s Security Summit.

But, he added, becoming more cloud-native will help. To that end, the world’s third-largest cloud provider debuted a number of new platforms and capabilities. In large part, these additions will help Google Cloud-centric MSSPs to shore up clients’ assets. That’s important because, according to Hackmageddon, more than 2,000 known and significant cyberattacks had hit businesses by January of this year, Kurian said. And the pace, he added “continues to accelerate.” (Hackmageddon concurs, and tracks events each month.)

Google Cloud believes digital transformation will help organizations face these security problems. Indeed, said Sunil Potti, general manager and vice president of cloud security, “we want to meet you where you are.” He then introduced a number of advancements.

For MSSPs focused on safeguarding customers, and their own environments, Google Cloud’s announcements come at an opportune time. Now, MSSPs have access to more tools. Check out the slideshow above to learn what new security resources Google Cloud has to offer.

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Kelly Teal

Contributing Editor, Channel Futures

Kelly Teal has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and analyst, with longtime expertise in the indirect channel. She worked on the Channel Partners magazine staff for 11 years. Kelly now is principal of Kreativ Energy LLC.

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