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Google Workspace User Guide

By : Balaji Iyer
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Google Workspace User Guide

By: Balaji Iyer

Overview of this book

Google Workspace has evolved from individual Google services to a suite of apps that improve productivity and promote efficient collaboration in an enterprise organization. This book takes you through the evolution of Google Workspace, features included in each Workspace edition, and various core services, such as Cloud Identity, Gmail, and Calendar. You’ll explore the functionality of each configuration, which will help you make informed decisions for your organization. Later chapters will show you how to implement security configurations that are available at different layers of Workspace and also how Workspace meets essential enterprise compliance needs. You’ll gain a high-level overview of the core services available in Google Workspace, including Google Apps Script, AppSheet, and Google Cloud Platform. Finally, you’ll explore the different tools Google offers when you’re adopting Google Cloud and migrating your data from legacy mail servers or on-premises applications over to cloud servers. By the end of this Google Workspace book, you’ll be able to successfully deploy Google Workspace, configure users, and migrate data, thereby helping with cloud adoption.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Part 1: Getting Started – Google Workspace
Part 2: Data Security
Part 3: Data Integrations
Chapter 6: Designing Custom Applications
Part 4: Migrating Data

Chapter 4: Automated Security Auditing

As enterprises move their resources and data to the cloud and consume cloud-native SaaS solutions such as Google Workspace, their auditing and compliance story needs to be rewritten. The auditing, monitoring, and observability of these applications and data are very important, and enterprises are expected to adhere to stricter compliance by governments and law enforcement.

Auditability gives us the chronological sequence of events that led to a change. This is typically achieved via an activity log that applications pump out with every event. The ability to stitch together these logs and gather insights is crucial for maintaining a good security posture. Several compliance standards such as SOC 2 heavily enforce auditability; this standard mandates that audit logs conform to integrity, confidentiality, and privacy requirements.

Monitoring typically tells us what is broken and why. Monitoring functions are important for analyzing long-term...