Google has announced a wave of security upgrades designed to protect its customers from a variety of cyber attacks.
President of Google enterprise Amit Singh announced the upgrades in a blog post, promising customers they will help defend them against everything from "common phishing, sophisticated hacking, [to] state-sponsored intrusions".
The upgrades will see Google add a number of "business-friendly features" to its applications portfolio. These include mail routing, delivery controls and SMTP relay services, attachment compliance and a move to encrypt all message content passing through applications using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol.
The mail routing, delivery controls and SMTP relay services will give IT professionals increased management powers when using Google apps, Singh said.
"[They will let you] control the flow of information to and from your company with policy-based routing to ensure that company messages are filtered, even if they are sent from third-party or other non-Gmail sources," explained Singh.
Attachment compliance powers will let IT managers stop messages containing suspicious attachments from being delivered, making it more difficult for criminals to infiltrate company networks using phishing attacks.
The use TLS encryption will make it more difficult for hackers to monitor messages being sent in Google applications.
Google has also attempted to block attacks designed to spread malware via malicious adverts by turning off ads in its Google Apps services.
Malicious advert networks have been a growing problem within Google's Android ecosystem. Mobile security firm Lookout reported detecting an "alarming" growth in the number of malicious ad networks on Android in May 2013.
The updates follow a series of wider security reforms made by Google this year. Google began running all Gmail messages through an encrypted Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) connection in spring.
Google began releasing the updates in a bid to allay customers' fears following the Prism scandal, which made headlines around the world after whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified documents to the press showing, among other revelations, how the US National Security Agency (NSA) siphoned vast amounts of customer data from technology firms including Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
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