Google adds security and privacy certifications to its Cloud Platform

The security and privacy certifications set the stage for more regulatory checkboxes need to land enterprises.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Google has added two security and privacy certifications for Apps for Work and Cloud Platform in a move that sets the company up for more compliance requirements in the future.

In a blog post, the company said Google Apps for Work and Google Cloud Platform have the ISO 27017 certification for cloud security as well as ISO 27018 for privacy. Google Cloud Platform said it was adopting ISO 27018 and now has the certification. The company also renewed its ISO 27001 certification, which covers 59 Google Cloud Platform products.

It's worth noting that Amazon Web Services has those aforementioned security and privacy certifications. Microsoft Azure and IBM's cloud unit have ISO 27018 and ISO 27001 among others.

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These certifications ensure that customer data is protected by security policies and monitoring tools. The privacy certification ensures that Google won't use customer data for ads and there are various management tools as well as transparency about storage.

For Google Cloud Platform, these security and privacy certifications provide more of a platform to comply with additional regulations such as HIPAA. Security certifications don't provide the sexiest headlines, but do matter to enterprises as well as regulated industries. Google Cloud Platform is checking the boxes needed to land more enterprise customers.

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