BY: Kelly Sheridan
Google explains the details of how it secures information in the cloud and encrypts data in transit.
Following a year of major cyberattacks and security threats, Google has published two whitepapers to explain how it secures data. One focuses on encryption of data in transit; the other on service-to-service communication using Application Layer Transport Security (ALTS).
Google gets a lot of questions from customers on how it protects data, says Maya Kaczorowski, Google Cloud security and privacy product manager. Today's release details the steps taken to protect authenticity, integrity, and privacy by verifying data sources, ensuring data arrives unchanged, and keeping data confidential while in transit.
Encryption in transit refers to "how data moves from a user to Google, and how it moves within Google's infrastructure," she explains. When a user sends data to the Google Cloud, it's encrypted in transit by default using HTTPS and TLS. Both of these are common practice; Google introduces more security for data traveling outside its infrastructure.
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