Google has just
announced new updates for stronger security in Gmail, Chat, and Meet. It has
also revealed new ways for IT admins to manage and secure devices conveniently
in the Admin Console.
The company is
currently working on a new standard: Brand Indicators for Message
Identification (BIMI). The BIMI pilot functions to allow organizations that use
Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC), to validate ownership
of their corporate logos and transmit them to Google securely. After passing all
the anti-abuse checks, Gmail will start displaying the logo of the
authenticated emails in existing avatar slots.
The BIMI standard is going to ensure a more secure email ecosystem. The strong authentication requirement will allow users and email security systems to be more sure and confident about the source of emails. On the other hand, senders’ brand trust will increase too and they will be able to provide a better experience to customers.
According to Google, the company will start the BIMI pilot in the coming weeks. The company encourages organizations to start adopting DMARC to help secure the ecosystem.
Google Meet is
being used more than before now and Google is working on new and better ways to
help ensure the security of video collaboration. The company has announced that
it will be making new security controls available in the coming weeks. The controls
will make sure that only intended participants are included in a video meeting.
Meeting hosts will be given increased control over who can join their
meetings. For instance, if an attendee is ejected, they will be able to rejoin
the meeting only if the host re-invites them, and if a knocking request from a
user has been denied several times, they will be blocked from sending more
requests to join the meeting. Hosts will also be given advanced safety locks
that ensure better protected meetings, such as deciding which methods of
joining require users to get explicit approval to join, blocking all anonymous
users’ attempt to join a meeting, and controlling the level of participant
interactivity in the meeting.
Google’s new security
features for Chat ensure safer Chat conversations. The company is extending its
strong phishing protections that are built within Gmail to Chat. Any link sent
via Chat will be checked against real-time data from Safe Browsing and will be
flagged if it contains any malicious content. Users will also be given control
over reporting and blocking chat rooms if they suspect any malicious activity
in one. In addition to that, abusive content will be automatically detected and
limited in Chat.
Google has also
redesigned the devices page in the G suit admin console that includes more
intuitive management for device management and quickly display the number of devices
managed by each service. The company has also announced that it is launching
its integration with Apple Business Manager to securely distribute and manage
company-owned iOS devices. The Data Loss Prevention feature will also be
enhanced to help prevent unauthorized access to data. Finally, admins will have
more control over app access in a variety of ways.