Google puts a huge amount of effort into securing its systems. You will have experienced this if you’ve ever used Google Adwords: the exact same systems that secure your Adwords credit card payments secure your Google Apps data.
For those who want an in-depth view of the embedded security of Google Apps, read this Google whitepaper. For those that would like a brief overview, read on…
Security usually falls into two categories, both addressed below:
1. How secure is my data from theft?
Of course you want to keep your sensitive data and intellectual property secure. So does Genentech (see video above right or this article). Google are able to hire some of the world’s leading experts in data security and this team is embedded in the development and management of Google Apps. They work continuously, using cutting edge security techniques, to ensure Google Apps is as hardened to theft as possible. Can your current IT service provider call upon this level of expertise?
Indeed, the weakest part of any IT system is the user’s password. At SaaSAge we work hard to ensure everyone in your organisation understands this, and we’re proud to provide training on how to effectively commit the strongest passwords to memory.
2. How secure is my data from loss due to technical failure?
Protection of your data from technical component failure is called resilience and Google Apps is built to be as resilient as possible, on a global scale.
Every email, document or appointment you place within Google Apps is backed up in multiple data centres, and no single complete piece of information is kept on a single technical component.
Think about the data on the drive of your laptop or server: it’s stored on a single technical component or an array, and without effective backups it’s not duplicated anywhere. When was the last time you tested your ability to recover your backed up data?
Now where do you think your data is most secure?