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Security stakes rise for cloud providers as Google rolls out new protection tools

April 12, 2019 / MARK ALBERTSON

At the Amazon Web Services Summit in March, Amazon.com Inc Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels devoted a significant amount of time in his keynote address to security while wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “Encrypt Everything.” In early April, Microsoft Corp. released a set of new security features for Azure Cloud. And on Wednesday, Google Cloud unveiled new security products and services of its own, wrapped in a number of statements from executives about the need for protection and privacy of customer data. Security is really something that we’ve built in from the start,” Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, said in his keynote address on Wednesday. “It’s not something that’s bolted on later. We start with the principle that your data is only your data. It’s also possible that news of cloud vulnerabilities within the past two years may be driving the three largest cloud providers to focus...