Google has embarked on an experimental initiative to enhance security by severing internet access for some employee workstations. Around 2,500 staff, or under 2% of the workforce, are part of the opt-in/opt-out trial.
Access is limited, but tools are still available.
While cutting off general internet access and admin rights, Google stated its web-based office suite would remain available during the trial. Exceptions can be made for critical job roles requiring web access.
Tightening security footprint against growing threats
Google framed the move as tightening its security footprint against escalating cyberattack threats like supply chain breaches. Recently, Microsoft confirmed that Chinese hackers compromised numerous organizations via Outlook Web Access.
The company explores ways to harden systems.
The company routinely explores methods to harden internal systems against malicious actors. Disconnecting workstations is an example of Google experimenting with measures to increase attack difficulty.
Mobile devices retain web access.
Notably, Google employees retain internet connectivity through laptops and smartphones during the trial, reflecting the company’s network infrastructure.