A while ago Google ran into difficulties over potential security problems associated with its flagship Google Apps for Business scheme.
However, I believe that is all behind them now as the company has just received an ISO 27001 Certificate that basically says Google is now following the required standard security management protocols.
If you are anything like me, then this news will probably wash right over you, but it does matter since one of the biggest issues facing the internet, specifically cloud computing, is security.
Google itself, as indicated above, came unstuck when a deal negotiated with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) fell through. The LAPD felt that Google’s system was not secure enough for the needs of the police. Google tried to insist there were no problems, but there was much opposition from many quarters. In short, they didn’t believe the reassurances.
So, now that Google has received this ISO certification, it will certainly boost the company’s credibility when attracting new business – and you never know, it might even regain the business of organisations such as the LAPD.
However, while this is good news for Google Apps for Business, one analyst still believes that the ISO Standards certificate doesn’t guarantee 100% security. Alec Muffett told techcrunch.com: “[Companies that apply for ISO 27001 certification get] to design their own high-jump bar, document how tall it is and what it is made of, how they intend to jump over it and then they jump over it.”
For Google’s part though, the fact that the company is certified is enough.