Check Point Software Technologies is making it tougher for attackers to gain access to sensitive business data stored on Google's cloud.

The company this week launched its Check Point vSEC for Google Cloud Platform product, enabling joint customers to safely extend their workloads to the Google cloud. As part of the announcement, Check Point also confirmed it is now a member of the Google Cloud Technology Partner Program, essentially expanding its security platform to all major cloud providers.

Check Point vSEC for Google Cloud Platform provides multi-layer security and secure connectivity services, allowing customers to more confidently embrace hybrid-cloud scenarios. It complements Google's cloud traffic controls with several additional protections, including anti-malware, anti-bot, and intrusion prevention system (IPS) capabilities.

Donald Meyer, head of Marketing for Check Point Software's Data Center and Cloud Security, told eSecurity Planet that his company is "addressing the customer asset/data protection side of the shared responsibility model. Assets in the cloud are vulnerable to the same threats targeting assets on premise; cloud assets utilize the same operating systems, services and applications as their premise-based cousins."

Keeping Data Safe in the Cloud with vSEC for Google Cloud Platform

While cloud providers typically place world-class security protections on their data centers – both in terms of physical and data security – customers still bear some of the responsibility in keeping their data safe.

"The difference is in the cloud; cloud providers don't protect the customer's data – it's up to the customer to provide sufficient protections, including firewall, IPS, AV [antivirus] and sandboxing solutions that can help thwart zero-day attacks and advanced threats," explained Meyer.

"The cloud providers build a secure and reliable infrastructure, but as soon as you carve out a piece of that infrastructure for your data and connect it to the internet, you are exposed," Meyer continued.

vSEC for Google Cloud Platform integrates with Check Point's security management platform, allowing for "single pane of glass" management that spans on-premises, private and public cloud, and hybrid-cloud environments. Available in the Google Cloud Marketplace, the product supports single-click provisioning and on-demand deployment.

"Check Point vSEC brings industry-leading threat prevention technologies to protect assets in the cloud while supporting the elastic and dynamic nature of cloud environments to keep security teams in control without breaking the benefits of the cloud," Meyer said. "Additionally, Check Point does so with a consistent policy management and reporting structure that lets businesses easily and securely extend their data centers to public cloud environments."