G Suite adds more phishing alerts

Businesses that use Google’s G Suite productivity applications are now getting better warnings of possible cyber threats.

The company said this week the suite’s alert centre, usually monitored by a network or security administrator, has added more Gmail phishing alerts for suspicious mail, a new data export initiated alert, a new alert deletion option and a link to audit logs for G Suite Business and Basic domains.

The alert center provides a single view of essential security-related notifications, alerts, and actions across G Suite.

Image shows new option to delete an alert

“The improvements will help G Suite admins get more insights and manage their alerts,” Google said in a blog.

    • More Gmail phishing alerts – Will notify when malware or phishing is detected after an email has been delivered to user inboxes, helping to investigate and remove suspicious emails. Admins in G Suite Enterprise domains can proactively investigate the emails and if necessary, bulk remove suspicious emails from users’ inbox.;
    • New data export initiated alert – Will make sure the administrator is aware of data exports in company domains;
    • Alert deletion option – Will let administrator delete alerts when they’ve been resolved or are no longer needed;
    • Link to audit logs for G Suite Business and Basic domains – Will go to the specific portion of audit logs to help quickly dig into the details of an alert and find more information on past user activities related to this alert.

G Suite, which includes Gmail, Google Docs. Google Drive and Calendar, comes in three versions: Basic (US$5 a month per user), Business (US10 a month per user) and Enterprise (US$25 a month per user). Business and Enterprise versions have unlimited storage. All three include mobile device management.

To find details of an alert, G Suite Business and Basic admins can use a link to go directly the specific portion of audit logs and look up more information on past user activities related to this alert. G Suite Enterprise admins have a direct link to the investigation tool, which is part of the security center for G Suite.


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