Back in July, when Google acquired Postini, I posted saying that the acquisition would give Google the level of archive, security and compliance that enterprise requires.
Great to read then this morning that Google has begun offering enterprise web security. It’s an automatic system that forces corporate computer users to go via the filters, and does not require a VPN for mobile customers.
Salient features are;
Complete web virus and spyware protection
- Proactive blocking of web malware before it reaches your network
- Protection from zero-hour threats
- Eliminate spyware back-channel communications
- Reduce patching and updates
- Complete web filtering and content control
Protects your network and your staff from undesirable web content, file types and MIME types
- Quota support by surfing time, bytes transferred and number of connections
- Optimizes network resources by reducing bandwidth congestion
- Monitors online activity with comprehensive reporting
Protection for roaming and remote users
- Extends to all roaming employees wherever they are working – at home, in a hotel room, café, client premises, or Wi-Fi spot
- Applies acceptable use policies to all roaming employees
- Enhances privacy by automatically encrypting all web traffic when the user connects to a public network
- Eliminates the need to backhaul traffic over the corporate VPN
- Simplifies management with no endpoint client and updating
All this points to Google becoming more and more serious about offering an enterprise grade solution. Postini on its own won’t break the Microsoft hegemony bt it’s certainly a step in the right direction.