Google is to start a pilot program to have employees work without internet access as a way to decrease the risk of cyberattacks.
According to internal documents, Google is implementing a program to minimize the likelihood of cyberattacks. The company notes that its employees are often targeted by such attacks.
Google Pilot Program:
The pilot program can refer to different things depending on the context. It can be a small-scale experiment to test a large-scale project, a peer-support initiative for mental health, a virtual program with strategies, tactics, and tools, and a program that creates initiatives for low-income inner-city students.
Initially, the organization selected more than 2500 employees, but they opened it to volunteers to use the pilot program; CNBC reported.
The company planned to enable only internal web-based tools and their owned websites like Gmail and Google Drive. Internet access is allowed only who need compulsory Internet access to work.
As per an internal description, the program aims to decrease the occurrence of cyber-attacks as Googlers are often targeted by such attacks.
Providing internet access to all employees can lead to attackers gaining access to user data and infrastructure code, which may result in a major incident for the company.
Turning off internet access secure from attackers, they cannot easily run arbitrary code remotely or grab data.
Google is training for a companywide rollout of various artificial intelligence tools, trying to boost its security.
Microsoft reported that Chinese intelligence hacked into company email accounts belonging to two dozen government agencies, including the State Department, in the U.S. and Western Europe in a “significant” breach.
“Ensuring the safety of our products and users is one of our top priorities,” a Google spokesperson said.