Google Beefs Up Gmail Security for Business Users

A new set of features designed to improve security for business users is coming to Google's Gmail for enterprises service. The new features are part of Google?EU?s Data Loss Protection (DLP) for Gmail service, an e-mail protection mechanism the company introduced to enterprise clients last year.

The new protections Google announced yesterday include optical character recognition (OCR), predefined content detectors, and more control over content detection thresholds for admins, including new parameters for event counts and confidence levels. The new features, only available to Google Apps Unlimited clients, will be fully rolled out within the next three days, according to Google.

Building on DLP

DLP was first introduced in December to Google Apps Unlimited customers to help them prevent the inadvertent or deliberate leaking of sensitive information.

?EU?Google for Work already helps admins manage information security with tools such as encryption, sharing controls, mobile device management, and two-factor authentication,?EU? the company said in a blog post at the time. ?EU?However, sometimes user actions compromise the best of all of these controls; for example, a user might hit ?EU?Reply all?EU? when meaning to send a private message with sensitive content.?EU?

DLP allows admins to set different e-mail policies for different departments, and enforce them based on an analysis of a message?EU?s contents. For example, an admin could configure DLP to automatically scan e-mails that contain credit card numbers, and then take certain actions such as quarantining such e-mails for review, asking the user(s) to modify the information, or block it entirely based on the results.

Google announced that the new features extend and expand on these capabilities. OCR, for example, improves the way DLP scans attachments for sensitive information by optically analyzing scanned documents and images. ?EU?With the new OCR enhancement, DLP policies can now analyze common image types, and extract text for policy...

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