Google Trusts Cloud Computing More Than Firewalls, Migrates Corporate Apps To Internet


By Abubaker Zahoor on May 14, 2015


Google is reportedly migrating its corporate applications to the Internet. The latest move from the tech giant is being seen as a beginning of an entirely new phase of enterprise security practices.

Before putting its absolute trust in cloud computing, Google, like all other major organizations, would use perimeter devices such as firewalls. The new method involve authentication, authorization, and encryption to allow employees access to the corporate data from anywhere.

Google’s newly composed ‘the BeyondCorp initiative’ considers the internal corporate networks as vulnerable as the cloud. Keeping in view the need of security for cloud based apps, this is understandable. Another reason why Google’s decision to shift corporate applications to Internet makes a lot of sense are recent attacks on Sony, Target or Anthem — incidents that firewalls couldn’t stop from happening.

Analysts consider Google’s decision is much needed one. According to them, a Google-like model is required for all the firms who have large number of employees using cloud-based applications.

“A lot of companies can learn from Google’s aggressiveness,” The Wall Street Journal quotes Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, an IT research firm. “There’s not a company anywhere that won’t have to develop something like this.”

Some companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Verizon Communications Inc. are adopting a similar approach in which the network model first authenticates the user device, then confirms the employee identity before giving access to sensitive corporate files.

“If you look at what the challenges are in corporations today; it’s agility, speed to market. We’re moving more and more things into the cloud, every corporation is,” said Alan Boehme, chief enterprise architect at Coca-Cola.




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