Google in intent to compete with its competitors like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure has decided to boost its cloud security plan. The web services juggernaut is now testing a new Cloud Security service called Cloud Key Management Service (KMS). The Cloud KMS will allow companies or cloud computing service users manage their own encryption keys on the search engine giant’s cloud platform.
As corporate companies are struggling with myriad security threats, businesses should and are indulging in practices which encrypt their data both on rest and on the network go. Hence, in order to unlock the data, the user needs to have a key to the encrypted content. Here, a key is a form of a super password and is usually treated as a hard to crack passcode.
Google Cloud KMS, a beta version, will let users keep encryption keys for data stored on its platform. Means, the customer will be the sole proprietor of their content.
Till date, Google’s IT security staff used to manage the keys related to encrypted content. But now, Google is interested in handing over the cloud security keys to its users.
As per our record, in the year 2015, Microsoft started the tradition of offering cloud security related keys to its customers in an innovative way.
But some web resources report that Amazon was actually the first to start the tradition of offering key management service since 2014 on public cloud platforms.
Coming to the list of companies offering public cloud platform services, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud are touted as big players in this business format. As these companies have large server farms having a number of storage and networking equipment, they sell capacity for business purposes.
With Cloud Key Management Service, Google now wants to add trust among its customers with regards to cloud security.
Note- Google KMS will be an amalgamation of two previous cloud services named Cloud Identity Access Management and Cloud Audit Logging Services.