G Suite Security- Google recently announced at its cloud conference in Tokyo that it will begin offering “high-risk” G Suite accounts a version of its own, enhanced in-house security.
Called the Advanced Protection Program, the set of security protocols is currently rolling out to G Suite users in a beta program.
The program requires the use of physical security keys to access accounts, in addition to a password, and it blocks any third-party apps that haven’t been whitelisted by G Suite administrators.
It also includes a more advanced email scanning method for virus threats and prohibits certain file types from being able to be downloaded.
“As a trade-off for this tightened security, the functionality of some of your apps may be affected,” Google warns. “Most third-party apps that require access to your Gmail or Drive data, such as travel tracking apps, will no longer have permission. And you will only be able to use Chrome and Firefox to access your signed-in Google services like Gmail or Photos. Apple’s Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps and Mozilla’s Thunderbird will continue to be able to access your Google data as normal.”
According to the company, security keys help protect unsuspecting users from phishing attacks that seek account login information. “Even if you do fall for a phishing attack that discloses your username and password,” the company says, “an unauthorized user won’t be able to access your account without one of your physical security keys.”
Google recommends the program for IT administrators, executives, reporters, activists, political campaign teams and “employees in regulated or high-risk verticals such as finance or government.” That said, anyone who uses a security key can sign up for the beta program.