With Google’s newly announced Client-side encryption for Google Workspace, enterprises can collaborate and share information more securely than ever before. This historic announcement marks the first time that users can encrypt data stored within Google’s native file types: Docs, Sheets, and Slides — and the first time that they can shield all that data from Google, with the help of an encryption key management provider.
To take advantage of Google Workspace Client-side encryption, you must select a Google-authorized key management partner. Here are a few ways that Virtru rises above the competition to enable your organization to securely share data within Google Workspace.
1. We are cloud-native, with deep expertise in the Google ecosystem.
We are your trusted guide to all things Google Cloud.
Virtru is more than just a key management partner: We are experts in the Google ecosystem, and a longstanding Google partner. We were Google’s first recommended encryption provider, and we continue to work closely alongside Google’s team to drive the future of data privacy within its platforms.
The other key management providers either offer key management alone, or key management with limited email protection capabilities. Virtru is the only one with deep expertise across all of Workspace—including Gmail and Google Drive. Plus, Virtru was built for collaboration in the cloud. For nearly a decade, we have focused on cloud enablement, equipping our customers to make use of world-class tools while ensuring their data remains secure.
Virtru is the partner that can help you drive your cloud strategy forward, within Google Workspace and beyond.
2. We offer the same consistent, integrated framework (including key management) for data protection across Google apps—plus Microsoft and third-party apps.
We help you protect your data, everywhere it lives, according to the highest security standards.
If you’re building a long-term data protection strategy with Google, you can lower your total cost of ownership by leveraging Virtru. Once you’re set up with Virtru’s key management capabilities, you can easily and quickly deploy that same Google Workspace data protection within Gmail, as well—creating a holistic, consistent approach to protecting data however and wherever it’s shared.
We are also well-positioned to grow alongside Google as it expands its offerings, and we plan to support and enable new data security features as they become available. Because we closely integrate with Google’s tools as they grow and evolve, Virtru is a sustainable choice for data protection.
If you have a hybrid workforce, or hybrid cloud environment, you can also use Virtru across those environments without concern for interoperability: We protect data shared across the Google ecosystem as well as in Microsoft Office 365, and our Data Protection Gateway safeguards data that flows through enterprise SaaS applications like Salesforce, SAP, Zendesk, and Workday.
3. We are wholly committed to a simplified, user-friendly experience.
Get the most out of collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides without sacrificing usability.
You and your teams already love to use Google’s collaboration apps. Now, you can use them with the confidence that they’re secure—and Virtru makes it easy.
Virtru has always prioritized intuitive design and ease of use, and these priorities are well-aligned with Google’s approach to creating a seamless, user-friendly product experience. Our intuitive interface is one of the top reasons our customers choose us — if you explore Virtru case studies, you’ll find that almost every one references ease of use as a key factor in why they selected Virtru’s data protection.
With Virtru, key management, data protection, and administration are straightforward, and we provide organizations with a positive onboarding experience, fast deployment, and seamless user experience for admins, users, and recipients.
4. We equip you to maintain exclusive, persistent control of your own data—including the autonomy to revoke or change access controls at any time.
You never lose control of your data, and neither Google nor Virtru can see it.
Virtru has always advocated for complete data privacy, equipping our customers to selectively choose who can access their information—and giving them the ability to change their mind about that access at any time. For the most comprehensive security, we believe the data owner should be in charge of their own data, at all times, even after it’s been shared.
We are proud to bring this capability to life within Google’s collaborative tools, making them more widely available to those who handle extremely sensitive data, while still ensuring you maintain control and data sovereignty, at all times. In fact, Virtru is the only key management partner for CSE that double-wraps your encryption keys in an additional layer of protection, so not even Virtru can access them.
5. We secure every piece of data across the full lifecycle, from creation to storing and sharing, and beyond.
There’s never a moment that your sensitive data goes unprotected.
Virtru and Google Client-side encryption complement each other for full data protection across the entire data lifecycle, from the moment it’s created, to file collaboration, to sharing, exporting files into other workflows, and beyond.
We believe that you should be able to collaborate with confidence—and that data security shouldn’t mean limiting the ways you can share your data. Virtru’s Trusted Data Format (TDF) open standard, which underpins our secure data-sharing offerings, wraps each piece of data in its own layer of encryption that travels and stays with the data, everywhere it goes.
Breaches and accidental violations are growing at an ever-increasing rate, even though cybersecurity spend is at an all time high. It’s time for organizations to take a different approach to protecting their most vital assets: Focus on data-centric protection and give your organization the control, visibility and agility it needs to navigate an evolving threat environment.
To learn more about how Virtru can partner with your organization to secure your data in Google Workspace, download our data sheet, Enhancing Data Protection and Secure Collaboration in Google Drive and Beyond.
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Google Workspace Client-side encryption supports heightened privacy and compliance requirements for native Google Drive files (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and non-native files (PDF, Office, and image files) within Google Workspace. But most data sharing workflows also require sharing these files outside of Google Workspace, meaning you need both protection and portability. This is where Virtru comes in.Get the Data Sheet