With a little over 5 years under their belts, Chromebooks have made a large footprint in the Education sector and now are beginning to build steam in the retail consumer demographic as well. One area the Chrome OS-based devices have been slow to catch on is the Enterprise sector. This has always boggled my mind for a number of reasons. But, that’s an article for another day. As of late, a number companies like Charles Schwab have begun implementing the use of Chromebooks in kiosks for their customers.
But what about Chrome devices in the infrastructure of major companies?
For some time now I have been a firm believer, if companies can break free of legacy software and devices, Chromebooks are the solution to many corporations future proofing questions. Networking and security as well as storage and collaboration are basic essentials of the Chrome OS environment. Google for Work has continued to develop Apps along with Enterprise solutions to cater to the needs of business both large and small.
This week, the developers at Google have taken these solutions to a whole new level. With security being at the heart of many companies IT needs, the Google for Work team has introduced Verified Access. Essentially, this API allows the enterprise to verify any Chrome OS device requesting access to the companies network.
In layman’s terms, the server can verify a number of inquiries on the device requesting access to cryptographically confirm the identity and status of verified boot and enterprise policy using a Google server-side API. This will prevent devices that have been flipped into a developer state or modified in any way from receiving certificates needed to access the enterprises systems.
You can find more details about the new enterprise security service at the Google for Work Blog.