Google Takes Advantage of Microsoft Cyber ​​Gaps to Lure Workspace Customers

Diving summary:

  • Google is offering its Workspace productivity suite free of charge for 18 months to new business customers, the company confirmed Monday. To receive the deal, companies must sign a three-year contract, after which they are eligible for significant discounts, according to a Bloomberg Report.
  • The move comes as Google competitor Microsoft grapples with the fallout from major cyber incidents, particularly a series of nation-state-led breaches that compromised core enterprise products last year. “Repeated security challenges with Microsoft demand a better alternative for both businesses and public sector organizations.” Google said in a report on Monday.
  • “For a limited time, new enterprise customers can get special pricing for Workspace Enterprise Plus, the AI ​​Security add-on, Mandiant Incident Response Retainer, and migration assistance,” the company said. in an advertisement. Public sector organizations that move 500 or more users to Workspace Enterprise Plus will get a year of free service, Google confirmed..

Diving information:

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Review Board put Microsoft on alert in an April report that Google referenced.

“When a hacking group associated with the PRC government, known as Storm-0558, compromised Microsoft’s cloud environment last year, they struck the espionage equivalent of gold,” the CSRB report says, and adds that “Storm-0558 was able to succeed due to a cascade of security flaws at Microsoft.”

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy took a veiled attack on Microsoft, AWS’s main competitor in the battle for cloud dominance, during an earnings call last month, noting that “not all vendors have the same (safety) record.”

Google bolstered its cloud security with the acquisition of Mandiant and Siemplify two years ago. The third-largest cloud services provider was also the first of the three largest hyperscalers to reduce data egress fees in another effort to attract enterprise business earlier this year.

But security remains central to Google’s cloud strategy.

The company was the target of a series of cyberattacks linked to Storm-0558 in a series of 2009 incidents called Operation Aurora, Google acknowledged in the report.

“No organization is immune from being targeted by highly sophisticated and ruthless adversaries,” the company said. “In the more than 14 years since Project Aurora, we have conducted a review of the fundamental architecture of our platforms, our defense-in-depth approach, and our culture around core security principles in an effort to protect our internal systems and clients of such commitments. .”

Microsoft has also prioritized security, CEO Satya Nadella emphasized during an April earnings conference call. A company spokesperson reaffirmed that commitment in an email, noting that the company recently signed the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Secure by Design commitment.

“Microsoft continues to work closely with stakeholders across the cybersecurity community,” the spokesperson said.