WASHINGTON, D.C. — Google Cloud is helping the government sector with zero trust.
The set of services are designed to help U.S. federal, state, and local governments implement zero-trust architecture in accordance with President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity and in alignment with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, according to Google Cloud last month.
“COVID-19 disruption has exposed, accelerated, and introduced new threats to agencies and their digital assets,” said Adelaide O’Brien, research director, IDC Government Insights.
“Enhanced reliance on virtual work and interactions created new threat surfaces and new vulnerabilities exploited by organized actors. Ransomware, cybercrime, and nation-state attacks have caused significant disruptions and high costs.
“To mitigate this crisis, it is critical that federal agencies take a sweeping approach to protect the security and privacy of digital assets and cultivate the ability to anticipate, identify, contain, measure, and address cyber risks.”
Google Cloud’s new zero-trust offerings for government
- Zero-trust assessment and planning: delivered through Google Cloud’s professional services organization (PSO), designed to help the government reach security goals through zero-trust architecture planning for core applications and data; Google Cloud’s PSO team will advise government organizations on the culture change, policies, and technology needed to achieve a zero-trust framework, delivered in phases to ensure success within the customer’s infrastructure; will help government agencies leverage Google Cloud tools to support existing assets and infrastructure in cloud-based, on-premises, or hybrid environments
- Secure application access anywhere: a container-based offering for secure application access and monitoring; can serve as a scalable, highly responsive alternative to government network boundary systems; delivered in partnership with Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud’s PSO team, leverages Google Cloud’s Anthos to deploy and manage containers that provide secure access and monitoring for applications in cloud or on-premises environments
- Active cyber-threat detection: can help government organizations determine if they may have been compromised by cyberattacks that they have not yet detected; delivered through Google Cloud alliance partners Deloitte and Fishtech CYDERES, leverages capabilities of Google Cloud’s Chronicle threat hunting, detection, and investigation platform; analyze historic and current log data to detect threats confidently and quickly
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