It’s vital that organizations using Google Workspace for email have strong, multi-layered threat protection to defend their users against advanced email attacks. Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) is one of the major cloud-based office productivity suites used by organizations all over the world. Google Workspace provides a whole range of capabilities, including email, document editing, cloud storage, instant messaging, video conferencing and more.
Cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting email communications with malware, such as ransomware, and advanced social engineering threats. These aim to trick users into giving up financial information or sensitive data such as login credentials, giving hackers access to your business networks. These attacks have made email threats the number one cause of data breaches for organizations.
This guide will cover the top email security solutions for use with Google Workspace. We’ll explore multiple kinds of email security, including secure email gateways, post-delivery protection, email encryption and more. For each solution, we’ll cover top features, recommended customers, pricing and customer reviews to help you make an informed purchasing decision.
What Are The Threats That Your Google Workspace Account?
Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite) is a comprehensive suite of tools for managing your work environment. Included in the suite is Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Docs, Drive, Slides, and many others. There are 14 applications in total. The solution is designed to manage your entire work needs. This utility also makes it a worthwhile target for attackers.
If an attacker can access one of these applications, they may be able to continue their attack laterally.
For instance, if you Gmail account is jeopardised, it may be used as part of a business email compromise (BEC) attack. Your authentic email address will be used to convince other users that the attackers requests are valid. They may send emails to your contacts that install malware or attempt to exploit money from them.
Alternatively, attackers may harvest data from your Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms applications. Depending on the type of data that was stolen, attackers could have valuable information on your customers, business plan, or finances. In some cases, your organization could be liable for the data leak. If this data is not copied, it could be edited or deleted, preventing your organization from operating as it should.
Does Google Offer Native Security Features?
Yes. There are several features that Google have included to give you greater control, and peace of mind, over your Google Workspace accounts. These features include:
- Administrator has configuration control to ensure that authentication, asset protection, and operational expectations are met
- Conforms to ISO/IEC 27001, 27017, 27018, SOC 2/3, FedRAMP, PCI DSS
- You, not Google, owns your data
- At-rest and in-transit data encryption
For more information on Google’s native security features, read their white paper here.