G Suite is among the major products that drives revenue for Google. The commercial version of Google services includes Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Drive, and more to business customers. Among the host of new security-related features, a notification to the G Suite admin will be triggered when someone tries to export the stored data.
The update enables account admins to gain more control over the data that is stored on Google platforms. In G Suite, ‘data export’ operation helps account admins to perform a backup operation. According to Google, the operation takes up to 72 hours to finish. The ‘data export’ operation is performed by G Suite admins only in case of performing a backup operation.
The security alert will help account admins to determine whether the feature was used by G Suite users or was a possible unauthorized intrusion attempt by a hacker. If the security of G Suite account is compromised, the attacker using the account can attempt to export and steal critical company information. Another problem is related to the fact that G Suite can have multiple account admins, it is therefore crucial that other admins get notified when someone is trying to export data.
Sending a security alert to all account admins will give enough time for the account owners and other admins to spot and investigate the ongoing export of data. Google has also added an alert deletion option, which will enable users to delete alerts. Admins can keep the alerts for 30 days to reinstate or investigate deleted alerts.
Another security feature added today is improved phishing detection for Gmail accounts. Google is using machine learning algorithm to generate alerts on suspicious incoming emails. The new alerts will help admins to get notified when malware or phishing is detected upon receiving an email.
Considering the number of organizations that rely on G Suite for their day-to-day operations, it was high time that Google added security-focused features to make the platform much more reliable. The latest updates will help G Suite admins to stay updated whenever a suspicious activity related to their account is detected.