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Google Cloud ups encryption efforts with new key management service

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On Wednesday, Google announced that a new encryption tool called the Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) would be coming to the Google Cloud Platform, in beta, for certain markets. The service, which aims to make encryption key management easier and more scalable, could entice companies in industries like finance and healthcare to leverage Google Cloud.

According to a press release, the service "offers a cloud-based root of trust that you can monitor and audit." It is easier to maintain than an ad-hoc key management solution, or one that was custom built, Google stated.

Cloud KMS will allow users to manage symmetric encryption keys that encrypt data stored within Google's Cloud Platform, as well as data that is stored in other environments, the release said. The service is integrated with other security features in Google Cloud, including Cloud Identity Access Management and Cloud Audit Logging, according to the release. Users can utilize...(continued)

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