Improve Security and Access Control with Google Cloud Identity

Possibly the largest PR hurdle for cloud technology is over security and access control. As long as IT administrators are sure that their users can access the online resources they need both easily and securely, it’s not actually something that needs to be worried about.

Consider for a moment just how many online accounts most people are required to manage. Using multiple online identities is especially problematic in the business world because that gets in the way of productivity and leaves valuable access points unsecure.

Google’s Cloud identity services are the solution to these dilemmas, and Google’s solutions are constantly evolving to become more secure and easier to use. Millions of G Suite users already rely on these services to securely access online resources and use multi-factor authentication to manage mobile devices and other security policies.

Nonetheless, there are also organisations that might have users who do not need G Suite, but still need a secure online identity for accessing other platforms and services.

Google Launches New Cloud Identity Licenses for G Suite Customers

Last month, Google announced the availability of a new Cloud Identity license for G Suite customers. This free license allows people in your organisation who do not use G Suite to access other cloud-based apps and services using Google’s secure identity services. With a Google Cloud Identity at their disposal, users will be able to access all your company’s cloud-based apps and services with a single password.

This unified sign-in process will make life easier for your users, since there will be fewer login credentials to remember, and more control over access rights for your administrators. Additionally, administrators will be able to configure basic mobile device management policies, enforce authentication procedures and security policies, and enable access to different apps and services on a per-user basis.

How to Enable Cloud Identity Services

Before your employees can start using the Google Cloud Identity service, they will need to have their own user accounts. Every user should have their own account with a unique name, password and email address for signing into any Google service they use for work. This account should always be separate from any personal accounts, and you should prevent people from creating personal accounts using your company’s domain name.

Before you can use the service, you’ll need to enable it from the ‘Enable Products’ section of your Billing page in the Google Admin console. After you’ve enabled the ‘Cloud Identity’ subscription, you’ll be able to add users for free.

The easiest way to assign a Cloud Identity to users is to add their names using the Google Admin console. During this process, you’ll also be able to email or print login instructions for the new user. If you need to create lots of cloud identities, you can also upload a list of usernames from a text-based document to automate bulk additions.

When creating new user accounts, you can choose whether or not to assign a G Suite license to them. If a user doesn’t need to access G Suite, then there is no need to assign a license to the account. At the end of the day, this new feature is about allowing companies to take advantage of Google’s Cloud Identity services without wasting unnecessary G Suite licenses on users who don’t need them.

Damson Cloud works with some of the biggest names in the cloud computing industry, and we’re especially familiar with the constantly evolving Google Cloud Platform. Call us today to find out how we can help your business make a smooth migration to the world of web-based computing.

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