Google announced a number of new G Suite enhancements, with some features still in beta, many of which are aimed at improving enterprise security.
G Suite comprises productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google, especially for enterprise customers, which includes: Gmail, Hangouts and Google+ for communication; Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drive for storage; and Sites for collaboration, all applications running in the Cloud.
The enhancements for Gmail include support for SMTP MTA Strict Transport Security (MTA-STS), which standard help to improve email security by requiring valid public certificate for authentication and strong encryption for email in transit (requiring TLS 1.2 or higher).
While turning on MTA-STS for domain and SMTP TLS reporting, a new standard also introduced to G Suite customers, businesses can ensure that all external mail servers connecting to their server will report connection problems, so as to enable the administrators to identify and fix any security issues.
Also, administrators now have even more controls with advanced anti-phishing and malware protections, with security sandbox adding secure execution for malicious attachments, and analyzes the effects it may have on the operating system.
And there is a new beta program to help admins assess organization’s exposure to security issues and have the ability to collaborate with other colleagues in the remediation, through new automated processes.
Google had earlier launched macro recording to provide a way to automate repetitive tasks within the G Suite spreadsheet, potentially to save enterprises hours spent on the job.
These updates are coming as Google aims to attract more enterprise customers to its productivity suite, which now boasts of over three million paying customers worldwide.