How do you know if Cloud technology is as secure as it claims to be?
Transparency in security.
Normally, the scarcer the resource, the more valuable it becomes. Data, on the other hand, is growing rapidly yet it seems to be very valuable. So how come? The answer is data control, which is mostly in the hands of internet service providers.
Data breaches are a daily occurrence. Many internet service providers (ISPs) claim to have state-of-the-art cybersecurity, but in reality, the security efforts of ISP’s are rather complex to verify. This said, organizations are increasingly starting to look into what ISP security entails. A recent Atos report revealed that 80% of consumers think organizations should be more accountable in the event of a cyber attack. Cyber trust is needed. In collaboration, Google and Atos are taking measures to become more responsible and transparent about security.
One of these measures is the Transparency Report. This is a semi-annual Google publication which shows the rest of the world how Google works and complies with governments, rules and regulations, and laws.
Government data requests
What if a court asks a service provider for access to data that is on a Cloud? What if this is your data? Transparency about how service providers deal with these cases is crucial. Google stores loads of customer data and receives no less than 60,000 government requests for user data per year. 67% of these data requests are fulfilled.
In such cases, Google aims to protect the privacy and security of its users while trying to help the government when needed. Google's approach is to review every data request, notify each user, and consider customer objections.
Malware and phishing are enormous threats to cybersecurity. Google’s Safe Browsing service notifies users about harmful websites. It analyzes billions of URLs and software looking for harmful content. Its phishing protection warns users before giving away any confidential data, and its malware protection warns users before they open malicious websites.
Google's Safe Browsing now helps almost everyone who uses websites as well as apps. It runs in the background of many applications and mostly goes unnoticed and is largely ignored by users.
Every new website you open asks whether you want to accept cookies. Cookies are files created by websites you visit. They can be useful as they improve your browsing experience. With cookies, websites can keep you logged in and remember your website preferences. At the same time, cookies track everything you do. Not something everyone is fond of.
Currently, cookie controls do not distinguish between first and third parties. Clearing all cookies will also sign you out of all websites. Google is, however, changing the way browsers handle cookies by being more transparent about what cookies do and offering more ways for users to better control cookies.