All Google Cloud Storage data encrypts automatically by Google

The service of Google’s Cloud Storage now provide the encryption of all the data before it is written to disk by using the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

All Google Cloud Storage data encryption

As, there is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way customers access the service and no visible performance impact. Data will be automatically and transparently decrypted when read by an authorized user. The search giant recently announced as much via their Cloud Platform blog, noting the change will come without additional charge for customers.

This service is used by a number of large companies including Best Buy, Rovio and Ubisoft to store various types of content.

In this, the cryptographic keys are managed by company on a user’s behalf using the same key management systems that they use for their own encrypted data. Which is include to strict key access controls and auditing. Specifically, user data and metadata is encrypted using a unique key, which is then encrypted again using another key associated with the data owner. Finally, that key is encrypted using a regularly rotated master key .

All new data written to the cloud will be encrypted on the server side. Older objects will be migrated and encrypted in the coming months, Google said.

Google Cloud Storage

It is believed that the recently declassified NSA Prism program had direct access to servers from a number of tech giants including Apple, Facebook and Google. Naturally, these companies and others have denied any knowledge of this.

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Write by: RC - Friday, August 16, 2013

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