The Google Apps ecosystem continues to grow. CloudLock, a company that already offers PCI scanning for Google(s goog) Apps, is now adding a firewall to help companies control what information in employee Google Apps accounts can be accessed by third-party applications.
The beauty of cloud is that users can easily download and install lots of cool applications — from a variety of app stores. The danger of cloud… is also that users can easily download and install lots of cool applications from a variety of app stores. That freedom of choice is a nightmare for IT shops in this bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era.
The company says CloudLock Apps Firewall can help guide organizations to discover, classify and safely enable third-party mobile and web apps that require access to users’ Google Apps data. It can assess existing applications and categorize them as trusted, not trusted or banned. Then it can automate the remediation of those applications.
Google Apps for Business is getting traction both in startups and in more established larger companies even as Microsoft(s msft) pushes its rival Office 365 suite. Last week, Cloud Sherpas, a systems integrator and VAR, said its revenue from Google Apps-related business more than doubled last year