Google has introduced a new set of tools designed to help companies improve cybersecurity for workers using its Chrome browser and Chrome OS devices.
Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system developed by Google that is widely used in the education sector. For enterprise IT, Google offers a product called Chrome Enterprise Upgrade that provides access to additional cybersecurity and device management features.
Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework, a collection of integrations designed to ease IT teams’ work further has been introduced. The integrations provide the ability to manage workers’ Chrome OS devices and Chrome browser installations using popular third-party software tools.
Google is rolling out connectors for BlackBerry UEM and Samsung Knox Manage, that are used to manage employee endpoints. Administrators can also perform tasks, such as resetting user passwords and ensuring that a laptop’s configuration settings meet security requirements.
VMware Workspace ONE already provides integration with Chrome OS. Now as an enhancement VMware will update Workspace ONE to use Chrome Policy API, a component of Chrome OS that eases certain device management tasks.
The Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework also includes other integrations with okta, Netskope Security Cloud, and Splunk
Along with these integrations, Chrome OS provides a built-in collection of capabilities for preventing data breaches. Google is enhancing this part of the operating system’s feature set with the introduction of a tool called Chrome OS Data Controls. This can be used to regulate the data access and data share in Chrome OS devices
Google extends these enhancements to its partner ecosystem. Earlier this year, Intel introduced a version of its vPro device management toolkit that provides support for Google’s operating system. The toolkit can encrypt Chrome OS devices’ memory, as well as secure the cryptographic keys used by applications using a new feature dubbed Key Locker.