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Google Rolls Out Web Security for Mobile Enterprise

Google is getting serious about its push into the enterprise arena.  On Thursday the company announced the launch of a new comprehensive security offering geared towards the mobile enterprise environment – an mobile add-on to their existing Google Web Security for Enterprise product.

Google Web Security for Enterprise is an all-inclusive package designed to protect enterprise networks from various malicious web threats, including viruses, spyware, adware, botnets, and attacks that exploit browser vulnerabilities.  The latest add-on to the offering brings the same  level of security and protection to a remote workforce.

The service now gives organizations the ability to control how their mobile employees use the internet through tools that  IT staff in monitoring and reporting on existing web threats.  It addresses the issue and security issues raised by a mobile workforce that may work from home or while traveling, and are required to connect to the company network through a virtual private network (VPN).  Google Web Security for Enterprise will automatically direct off-network users to the scanning infrastructure with no effort required on behalf of the employee.  This allows organizations to provide the same high level of security and scanning infrastructure that they would on-site to a mobile workforce.

Web Security for Enterprise is powered by Security from Postini, a company that Google acquired in 2007.  Furthermore, it also incorporates technology from ScanSafe and Google Apps.  It is available in Europe and North America at the price of $36 per user per year, and an additional $12 for each remote user.