Gmail users have been hit by a major phishing scam just about two months ago in reaction to which Google has increased its security features. Google today unveiled a new security feature for the G Suite app which will allow the admins to block employees from accessing untrustworthy apps.
The new G Suite app security feature will help to improve data access controls and enhance phishing prevention. The feature is called OAuth apps whitelisting. This feature will allow companies to control how third-party applications are using enterprise user data.
The present reaction is to the earlier attack on Google Docs in May which was caused by a bogus app using Google sign-in. As a result of this Google initially disabled the accounts responsible for abusing the OAuth authorization, and a week later it began closely monitoring external apps that ask for your Google data.
Once the bleeding from the attack was controlled Google is now turning its attention to the enterprises and its employees though it is not accepting it openly.
Speaking to net media a Google spokesperson said – “We are constantly evolving and always looking for ways to help our users protect their data. This is just another example of the innovations we are bringing to the table to ensure our customers’ data is secure and protected and can combat new threats as they arise.”
The new OAuth apps whitelisting feature allows admins to control which third-party apps are allowed to access user’s G Suite data. The new feature allows an administrator to do the following:
- Administrators are able to get fine-grained visibility into the third-party apps that are accessing G Suite app data.
- They can allow access to only trusted and vetted third-party OAuth apps.
- They can also guard OAuth access to core G Suite apps data by preventing unauthorized app installs, thus limiting the problems caused by shadow IT.
Administrators who will keep the G Suite app new feature enabled will stand less chance of accidentally granting access to corporate data.
Google plans to roll out the new security feature to administrators of G Suite apps over the next few days.
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