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May 24, 2017

Google targets enterprise with Chrome bundle for IT admins

Organisations can now have their operations supported by the Chrome Enterprise Bundle.

By Tom Ball

A new Chrome Enterprise Bundle has been launched by Google to provide IT admins with the ability to use and manage the Chrome browser across their organisation.

Benefits of this new package from Google include a master installer for deploying the browser, and an array of administrative policy templates. Google also intends to add further capabilities to the bundle in the future.

Control options that are provided by this bundle include more than 200 policies to fit the requirements of different organisations, and an Admin Console for setting proxy servers and configuring extensions.

Security is given great importance as part of the bundle, and Google says it intends to keep employees safe at every layer of the product. Google adds that Chrome is designed to be very secure when facing phishing and malware, top threats to organisations.

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This new package will bring Chrome to organisations and enterprises more easily, allowing IT admins to support it, until now Internet Explorer has so far proven the standard supported option.

Google has noted a doubling of the number enterprises using Chrome in the last two years, indicating the requirement of a bundle geared towards organisations.

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Google told TechCrunch about the way it measures enterprise users to ascertain whether an organisation is using Chrome: “We account for enterprise users based on attributes of their computer configuration, such as if the machine is joined to an active directory domain and if Chrome is being managed via admin-configured and/or deployed policies.”

The latest version of the browser, Chrome 58, will involve 29 security updates, will support Progressive Web Apps on Android, and block domains that are using Cyrillic letters. The benefit of blocking domains based on this is that it protects against phishing attacks, a form of cyber attack that has proven effective in recent months.

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