We all know that Google takes security pretty seriously, but the great news is that it’s now trying to help out every other company out there to sift through the massive amounts of data that could hide malicious actions from without with a new company – Chronicle.
One of the biggest issues companies around the world face is figuring out how to keep their data secure. Threats like WannaCry and NotPetya have only highlighted the cracks in their shields and the growing dangers surrounding companies and regular users alike.
Quite often, companies don’t have the necessary tools to figure out when attacks happen, or what certain things they find on their networks actually mean. So, hackers remain hidden for months within their networks, slipping in through the cracks and slipping out carrying just a tiny bit more data, just a few more passwords, just a few more files that would otherwise need high clearance to read. By the time the security team has figured out there’s an intruder in the network, the data breach already reaches massive proportions.
So, Chronicle will help with all of this. It will help companies filter through the tens of thousands of security alerts their IT systems produce. And they’ll use Alphabet’s awesome network to do it.
According to a Medium post, Chronicle will speed up the work of security teams by ten times. They also promise to make “much easier, faster and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too difficult and expensive to find.”
Chronicle will work on the same infrastructure that powers several of Alphabet’s initiatives that require loads of processing power and storage. There’s still a ways to go for Chronicle before are going to clamor in, but it’s still a really cool concept. If there’s one company on the planet that knows how difficult it is to keep everyone’s data safe, it’s Alphabet. This is a name that you don’t really hear in the same sentence as “data breach” so they must be doing something right.
Companies often disregard the importance of cyber spendings and don’t offer the needed budgets because it’s difficult to see how profitable this is. When the security is tight and no one gets through, you don’t realize how well-spent the money is. It’s when a data breach happens that you really see how important spending more on cybersecurity really is – when the lawsuit costs pile on top of the clean-up fees, the revenue loss generated by the system down-times, and the fines given out by authorities. A tool like the one Chronicle wants to put on the market could make cybersecurity spending more effective for all companies. It could make the job security professionals do more rewarding, and the higher-ups would feel like the money is better invested if they see better how it all works and what the job entails.
On the other hand, many experts working for various companies may not be so happy about the product Google is planing to put on the market simply because they believe they can do everythign on t heir own. Take it as an “unsolicited help” if you will.
It’s unclear how much Google will be charging for Chronicle, but it’s unlikely that this will be a free tool. The platform falls in line with Google’s general efforts to help secure people’s data. Its servers are pretty tightly locked, Gmail is encrypted, and the cloud tools it offers are also quite safe to use. In general, Google has a good reputation when it comes to securing its network and there have been very few intrusions over the years. Following the NSA scandal, Google has led the public fight for privacy and the right to encrypt. In fact, Chrome, which is the company’s browser and one of the most used tools of its kind in the world, makes sure to let you know when you’re visiting a HTTP page instead of HTTPS and has been pushing for the wider adoption of HTTPS by downgrading unencrypted pages in Search. In short, the fact that Google is using its tools to help companies deal with security threats isn’t a surprising move.