Thanks to a partnership with Google, Thales announces the integration of its CipherTrust Manager and SafeNet Trusted Accesssolutions to encrypt Google Workspace documents. Google’s suite of AI-powered cloud collaboration and productivity applications has been available to everyone for a few days. With key management and identity protection capabilities, these tools will help maintain ownership of keys used to encrypt files while providing greater regulatory compliance with data privacy.
Two solutions to meet data protection regulations
Whether in Europe with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Schrems II, in North America with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) or in the Asia-Pacific region with the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB), many countries have their own regulations or standards around data protection. This implies taking them into account while the current context sees a drastic increase in teleworking, making data protection much more complex.
To try to help companies better protect their data, Thales has developed two solutions: CipherTrust Manager and SafeNet Trusted Access. These tools are used by Google for its Google Workspace suite. It allows end users to encrypt files and folders in Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides using keys that are controlled within the organization. Key management is independent and identity protection is outsourced: vital security functions and the data they are meant to protect are separated.
A partnership to provide end-to-end security for Google Workspace
With this partnership, Thales wants to provide companies with the tools to manage how their keys are used and the access conditions they set, as well as managing an identity service for Workspace users. Among the possibilities offered by these solutions, users will be able to implement conditional access, impose the appropriate level of authentication and provide single sign-on and smart authentication for users logging into the Google suite.
Sébastien Cano, Vice President of Cloud Security and Licensing at Thales, discusses the partnership while stating the challenge of encryption keys:
“Data sovereignty is becoming increasingly important, so organizations need a solution that can help them. With Thales data protection solutions, Google Workspace customers have control over their data encryption keys and have direct access to the security solution. By leveraging Thales’ data security and identity protection capabilities, this partnership with Google Workspace drives the adoption and use of one of the best collaboration tools on the market.”
Recently, Thales and Google Cloud hosted a webinar to discuss practices for protecting Google Workspace and how companies can build a shared security model to protect their sensitive data on the cloud.