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Google Cloud gains fresh security partners and tools

McAfee among new additions to partnerships that help secure Google Cloud

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Google has unveiled new security tools and partnerships for its Cloud

That includes a new endpoint security management solution that works with McAfee, Palo Alto, and Qualys, as well as a partnership with McAfee to add its MVISION cloud-based system for security, threat prevention, and compliance for container workloads. 

"Increasingly, customers are choosing to move critical workloads and applications to the cloud because of the strong security protections it can provide," said Anand Ramanathan, vice president of product and marketing at McAfee. "As more of these enterprises choose to leverage Google Cloud’s hyperscale capabilities, we’re excited to integrate our core capabilities in VM and container security to ensure Google Cloud customers can benefit from the highest levels of data protection and threat prevention."

Google is also adding Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud, which integrates with G Suite for sign-on and authentication, as well as analytics and web filtering.

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"Also, users will be able to seamlessly authenticate using G Suite credentials early next year to provide simple, secure access to the apps and information they need to do their jobs anywhere, on any device," note Kevin Ichhpurani, vice-president of global ecosystem at Google Cloud, and Sunil Potti, vice-president for engineering at Google Cloud Security, in a blog post. 

The announcement also includes partnerships with SIEM provider Exabeam, digital identity vendor ForgeRock, and endpoint security firm Tanium, as well as extensions of existing support for Fortinet and Palo Alto. The latter includes a joint-developed security framework for multi-cloud environments with Anthos, as well as threat detection tools.

"By partnering with Google Cloud to deliver a jointly developed security framework for multi-cloud environments and the new integration for threat intelligence, we will simplify how customers  secure their cloud native environments, whether they are single or multi-cloud," said Rahul Sood, Senior Vice President of Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks.

Alongside the security providers, Google Cloud is also expanding its support with systems integrators and managed services providers, including Deloitte, IBM Security, Wipro and more.

The aim of such partnerships, says Google, is to make it easier for its cloud customers to more easily use their preferred security tools from existing vendors. "We want to meet you where you are, allowing you to preserve your investments, as well as benefit from functionality you can’t get on other clouds," said Ichhpurani and Potti. "That’s why we work closely with partners in the security industry to help you better secure your applications and information."

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