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How Google Encrypts Data in the Cloud

Google operates one of the largest cloud networks on the planet and uses multiple techniques to keep the data that moves across the network as secure as possible. Google is now providing some insight into how it secures data connections with encryption both to and within its cloud infrastructure.

Google, like everyone else, uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt connections for data in motion from external hosts to the Google Cloud. Unlike everyone else, Google has its own approach for encrypting data connections within its own data centers called Application Layer Transport Security (ALTS). Google has provided details on both its TLS and ALTS usage in a pair of whitepapers released on Dec. 13.

"We get a lot of customer questions about encryption, so we're trying to build trust through transparency," Maya Kaczorowski, Security and Privacy Product Manager at Google, told eSecurityPlanet.

Kaczorowski said that when a user connects to the Google Cloud, by default the...(continued)

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