Data Sheet

The Power of Google CSE + Virtru: For True Privacy, Data Sovereignty, and Regulatory Compliance

Google client side encryption (CSE) is a secure collaboration feature to support heightened privacy and compliance requirements for native Google Drive files (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) within Google Cloud. But most data sharing workflows also require sharing Drive files outside of Google Cloud, meaning you need both protection and portability for native and non-native cloud files (such as PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PNG). This is where Virtru comes in.

Virtru is Google’s recommended provider of email and file encryption in Google Workspace. Beyond Google Drive, you can leverage Virtru encryption to ensure your data stays secure no matter where it lives or who it’s shared with.

Protection That’s Better Together

Data comes in many forms. Whether it’s a cloud-native Google Doc or a static file like a PDF, you need protection to store it in Google Drive and when you want to take it out of Drive and download or share via email.

Chart showing the functionality of Google CSE alone compared to the functionality of Google CSE paired with Virtru.

Capabilities in Google Drive and Broader Data Sharing Protection


Google CSE can protect Google Docs, Sheets, Slides within Google Cloud/Drive. 

Virtru powers Google CSE with encryption key management. After Google encrypts the content, encryption keys are sent to Virtru, which manages the keys and their associated access control policies and brokers access requests. This keeps your cloud data private, even from Google, since they won’t have the keys to decrypt the data. 

The Virtru Trusted Data Format (TDF) enables portability to securely download and share cloud-native files within and outside of your organization. Additionally, Virtru allows you to encrypt and upload static file formats (such as PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, JPEG, PNG, and CAD) in Google Drive so you can confidently store and share any sensitive data with advanced, secure data tracking.

Additional Benefits of Virtru and Google CSE

Meet Compliance

Protect data in Google Cloud or shared via other workflows, while keeping it easy to share data. Host your own encryption keys to meet data sovereignty and use end-to-end encryption for ITAR, HIPAA, GDPR, and other regulatory compliance.

Manage Access Control

Managing access control gives you the power to revoke access, disable re-sharing, and set access expiration dates at any point in the data lifecycle using the Virtru Control Center. Additionally, system admins can centrally manage users, adjust access controls, and set encryption rules. 

Maintain Persistent Visibility

Maintain visibility over who has accessed Drive files, even as they’re shared externally, and streamline audit workflows. Integrate with your SIEM to strengthen threat response and compliance reporting.