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Google Workspace Gets ‘AI-Powered’ Security: 10 New Gmail, Drive Enhancements

Mark Haranas

Here are 10 new AI-powered security features for Google Workspace around Gmail, Drive, Meet, Docs and Chat unveiled Wednesday.

Google is unleashing a slew of new security features inside Gmail, Drive, Meet, Docs and Chat in a move to make Workspace more powered by artificial intelligence.

“In security, the job is never done,” said Andy Wen, director of product management for Google Workspace, in a statement. “Which is why we’re unveiling new zero trust, digital sovereignty and threat defense controls powered by Google AI to help organizations keep their data safe.”

New AI-powered security features in Google Workspace include enhanced data loss prevention control in Gmail, the ability to automatically classify and label data in Google Drive, as well as new client-side encryption enhancements to improve digital sovereignty.

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Google’s Wen said there is a better way for organizations to combat modern cyberattacks and protect their data, which is “a cloud-native architecture rooted in zero trust principles and augmented with AI-powered threat defenses.”

CRN breaks down the 10 new AI-powered security features coming to Google Workspace, which is the company’s flagship communication and collaboration suite of products.

Google Workspace And Cloud Sales Hit $8 Billion

Before jumping into the 10 new security features and capabilities inside Workspace, it’s key to know that Google Cloud sales hit a record high of over $8 billion during its most recent quarter.

Google Cloud revenue include sales from Workspace, Google Cloud Platform and other services. In Google’s second-quarter 2023, which ended June 30, Google Cloud generated total sales of $8.03 billion, representing an increase of 28 percent year over year compared with $6.28 billion in second-quarter 2022.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said his company is “making it easier” for customers to innovate using Google’s AI and generative AI new offerings. “Our generative AI capabilities give us an opportunity to win new customers and upsell into our install base of 9 million paying Google Workspace customers,” said Pichai on Google’s second-quarter 2023 earnings call last month.

CRN breaks down how the 10 new capabilities Google Workspace is providing give security teams more granular controls over data use, access and more.


Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at

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