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Security is a key battleground for cloud service providers (CSPs).


  • Numbers two and three in the market, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), must not only evangelize about the benefits of multicloud, but also embrace heterogeneity for the cloud security technologies.

Features and Benefits

  • Describes how Google is addressing security for virtual machines and containers.
  • Explains how container security presents a different challenge.

Key questions answered

  • What are Google's particular strengths in IaaS and PaaS?
  • How is the company positoining Anthos, and how will this work with its cloud security technology?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Google secures VMs and containers on GCP

  • Serverless security is also on its roadmap
  • Cloud SCC integrates with third-party security tools

GCP’s approach to VM and container security

  • CSCC spans the main categories for VM security
  • Google takes a three-pronged approach to container security

Anthos is Google’s hybrid and multicloud play

  • Anthos enables management across hybrid environments
  • The current focus for Anthos is on hybrid cloud

Security will also need to be multicloud

  • Security products aren’t available in Anthos
  • Anthos has some built-in security capabilities
  • Google’s K8s and container security nous should help here


  • Further reading
  • Author