Google to offer G Suite cloud identification tool separately to developers

Businesses apparently want access to highly secure agile, mobile work environments

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Google has split up its G Suite cloud identification tool from the rest of its enterprise services for developers, so they will be able to integrate it into their own services.

The company's Google Identity, which was built on the BeyondCorp framework was previously only available as part of the entire G Suite ecosystem. But there's apparently a lot of demand for it to work outside of the range, so Google will now launch a beta of Cloud Identity for Customers and Partners (CICP) on its Cloud Platform.

The product will allow developers to integrate identity and access management for apps and services without having to move away from the GCP environment or enlist the help of a third party.

"We've had a lot of success internally with the model and what we've received good feedback from customers, but they wanted to use it (Cloud Identity and BeyondCorp) throughout the organization and as a standalone product," Karthik Lakshminarayanan, product management director at Google Cloud Platform.

It's an authentication service with integrated automated threat detection, built on scalable infrastructure that makes it the ideal environment for businesses already using GCP to develop their apps and services.

So why has Google only just decided to split its cloud identity tool away from the main G Suite set of tools?

"Expectations have changed," Jayachandran told VentureBeat. "Users expect agile, mobile work environments across multiple devices, and it's reshaping how we think about security, access, and control. Admins want to give them this modern, forward-thinking experience, but they don't want security to be compromised. The perimeter has disappeared."

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