Security shouldn’t be “something only the rich can afford,” per Google Cloud’s Jeanette Manfra.

Kelly Teal, Contributing Editor

August 23, 2023

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Security shouldn’t be a need only the rich can afford to meet. That’s why Google Workspace is getting a series of upgrades that, for the most part, won’t cost extra.

Google Workspace sees wide adoption across small and medium businesses, as well as enterprises. And as cyber threats keep growing – in pace, number and ability to damage – organizations need more protection. Check Point Software recently found that, in 2022, cybersecurity attacks grew 38%. IBM says each data breach cost organizations an average of $4.35 million.

It’s not right or fair that security has “become something only the rich can afford,” Jeanette Manfra, director of risk and compliance at Google Cloud, said during an Aug. 22 media briefing.

Google Workspace Updates

And Google appears to be addressing that injustice through its targeted Google Workspace updates that mostly come at no extra charge. There will be some exceptions for organizations with specific kinds of client-side encryption.

But for users of everyday Google apps including Gmail, Drive, Meet and Calendar, Google channel partners can look forward to helping customers shore up their protections even more via the new rollouts.

See the slideshow above focused on Google Workspace, looking at new controls for zero trust, digital sovereignty and threats.

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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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