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This week, Google Cloud Security announced a host of new services to empower customers with advanced security functionalities that are easy to deploy and use. This includes the Web Risk API, Cloud Armor, and HSM keys.

#1 Web Risk API

The Web Risk API has been released in the beta format to ensure the safety of users on the web. The Web Risk API includes data on more than a million unsafe URLs. Billions of URL’s are examined each day to keep this data up-to-date.

Client applications can use a simple API call to check URLs against Google’s lists of unsafe web resources. This list also includes social engineering sites, deceptive sites, and sites that host malware or unwanted software.

#2 Cloud Armor

Cloud Armor is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense and Web Application Firewall (WAF) service for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) based on the technologies used to protect services like Search, Gmail and YouTube.

Cloud Armor is generally available, offering L3/L4 DDoS defense as well as IP Allow/Deny capabilities for applications or services behind the Cloud HTTP/S Load Balance. It also allows users to either permit or block incoming traffic based on IP addresses or ranges using allow lists and deny lists. Users can also customize their defenses and mitigate multivector attacks through Cloud Armor’s flexible rules language.

#3 HSM keys to protect data in the cloud

Cloud HSM is now generally available and it allows customers to protect encryption keys and perform cryptographic operations in FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified HSMs. Customers do not have to worry about the operational overhead of HSM cluster management, scaling and patching. Cloud HSM service is fully integrated with Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), allowing users to create and use customer-managed encryption keys (CMEK) that are generated and protected by a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware device.

You can head over to Google Cloud Platform’s official blog to know more about these releases.

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