One of the biggest concerns many businesses have with the cloud is security. In some cases, the cloud is actually better for some business’ security needs because the larger enterprises who offer cloud services are often better equipped for secure systems. Still, some businesses could not use cloud services like Google’s Apps because their market or line of work requires specific security compliance.
Now Google has achieved ISO 27001 certification for Apps, which means that most of those companies who require specific data protections can now be compliant when using convenient Apps from Google’s repertoire.
Specifically, Google Apps for Business has received the certification and can now offer this compliance to business users. In a blog post, Eran Feigenbaum, Director of Security for Google Enterprise, says:
‘ISO 27001 is one of the most widely recognized, internationally accepted independent security standards and we have earned it for the systems, technology, processes and data centers serving Google Apps for Business.’
That certifying body was Earnst & Young CertifyPoint, widely recognized internationally as one of the most trustworthy audit and testing firms for International Accreditation Forum (IAF) certificates.
Google already had SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402 compliance along with FISMA certification, so they were well on the way towards making Apps for Business something that nearly all companies can use.
OK, so why does this matter?
Up until now, this type of security certification has only been available from a few, high-end (and priced) service providers and often only with a limited cloud-like functionality. Most often purely through Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms.
Google’s achievement means that this has opened up to more users on a cheaper, more easily accessed and open platform (open in terms of usability).
That is a big enabling factor. When affordable access is given to just about any product or service required for doing business, it means more smaller businesses and individuals will be able to get into the market and compete. This drives down costs and prices, increases availability, and generally means good things for everyone – except the large conglomerates that might previously have controlled that market, of course.
No matter how you shake it, that’s a good thing.
Previous enablers include things like on-demand printing, which removes the onus of control that publishing houses can have on books and other printed materials. Voice over IP phones have changed how many people communicate, removing the high expense of long distance and international calling for people the world over. Those are just a few.
Whatever you think of Google as a company or for their individual projects and products, they are one of the Internet’s biggest enablers. From their innovations in search to their addition of apps that many of us use every day – Gmail, Docs, and now Drive and Plus – this company has done a lot to bring complex things down to useful size for all of us.