Google Chat gets a major security upgrade

Data loss prevention is of the utmost importance to businesses, which is why Google is releasing a new beta to add data loss prevention (DLP) to Google Chat.

The search giant announced the beta during its Google Cloud Next ’21 virtual event this week in an effort to prevent sensitive and confidential information from leaking out of organizations.

By adding DLP to Google Chat, administrators will be able to create custom policies to prevent leaks of sensitive data when using Google’s online collaboration software.

Google Chat Data Loss Prevention

Once signed up for the new beta, Google Workspace admins can choose to monitor DLP violations or they can outright prevent end users from sending sensitive content. They will also be alerted in the event of non-compliance with the rules so that they can quickly investigate and take action.

This feature will be disabled by default but it can be enabled at the domain, OU or group level depending on a new update from the Google Workspace blog. Administrators can create DLP rules from the administrative console by going to Security and find the Data protection option.

Organizations that want to make communication more secure in their workplace via Google Chat can register here to participate in the beta.

This feature will likely be rolled out to all Google Workspace users once the beta is over, but Google has yet to set a date for when this will happen.