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Google Unveils New Chrome Enterprise Core Features for IT, Security Teams

Google has announced new Chrome Enterprise Core features that should be very useful to IT and security teams.

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Google on Wednesday unveiled new Chrome Enterprise Core features that should make browser management easier and more efficent for IT and security teams.

In April, Google announced the general availability of Chrome Enterprise Premium, which provides a wide range of enterprise controls and security capabilities for $6/user/month. 

Google is also offering a free version, the Chrome Enterprise Core, which can be used to configure and manage browser policies, settings, apps and extensions, but lacks advanced security features such as data loss prevention, malware deep scanning, URL filtering, and context-aware access. 

Google has now announced the introduction of several new features in Chrome Enterprise Core. These features allow administrators to push policies to users who sign in on iOS, deploy new JSON custom configurations from the cloud, manage browsers by groups, easily set up Core, obtain crash reports, and delete inactive browsers at scale.  

“Managing the browser is critical in giving IT and security teams visibility and control over the browser in their environment, especially with more work being done in the browser than ever before,” Google said. “Research indicates that the number of organizations managing their browser will double in the next two years, and by 2030 we expect to see nearly all enterprises managing their browser.”

One of the recently added features that is important for security teams is Chrome Security Insights, which can be used to enable a one-click security event logging analytics tool, which automatically analyzes sensitive data movement across the organization. 

“All data transfers are scanned against 50 default DLP detectors scanning for sensitive content and generating insider and data insights reports on activities like users with high content transfer, domains with high content transfer, domain categories with high content transfer and most common sensitive data types,” Google explained. 

“This provides Security and IT admins with increased visibility across their fleet and clear insights into  what security events are happening and any potential data exfiltration and insider risk threat,” the internet giant added.

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The new crash reports can also be useful to security teams, enabling them to visualize crash event trends and analyze potential browser issues.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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