Google has launched a white paper designed to illustrate the security credentials of its Apps online applications suite, just days after reportedly deciding to ditch Microsoft Windows internally in response to perceived security issues.
Eran Feigenbaum, Google Enterprise director of security, presented the white paper (PDF) as the latest in the company's attempts to reassure enterprise customers of the safety and security of its cloud services.
"In today's ultra-connected web-capable world, understanding how data will be protected is ultimately more meaningful than knowing it is physically located in one datacentre or another," he said in a blog post.
"We know that our customers expect us to be transparent, and we work hard to do just that."
The document contains information on "the security practices, policies and technology that support Google Apps", Feigenbaum explained.
Some of the measures designed to ensure superior risk mitigation include rapid software patching across identical server stacks, fine-grained access controls for its cloud-based services and data replication across disparate datacentres.
Google failed to confirm or deny the original report that it was planning to ditch Windows for security reasons, but Microsoft was quick to hit back.
"When it comes to security, even hackers admit we're doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else," said Windows communications manager Brandon LeBlanc.
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