Google has announced a new function for its Google Apps for Business suite of products, designed to offer improved security awareness for IT managers.
The update brings the ability for administrators to set email alerts for any notable activity on their networks. The tool offers two types of alerts: user alerts and settings alerts.
User alerts relate to activities such as if a new user is added, a password is changed or if there is suspicious login activity.
The settings alert covers any changes made by administrators to applications, device management options and service settings. The image below shows examples of issues that can be set up for email alerts.
Google said this would help admins stay informed from any location by receiving information directly that they can respond to, rather than having to find issues themselves.
Google Apps product manager, Rishi Dhand, said the firm had added the functionality at the request of its growing numbers of customers in order to ensure staff remain "secure and productive".
“Now, admins can elect to receive customisable email alerts when certain events of interest occur. By subscribing to alerts, admins can stay informed and, when needed, take prompt corrective action,” he wrote in a blog post.
“These alerts are also helpful when multiple admins work together and want to stay informed on these changes."
The new capability can be accessed via the Admin console under the Reports section, where the Alerts tag is found.
The update comes amid wider security concerns for Google as it was revealed earlier this week that hackers are using its Google Code site to spread malware.
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