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.