The new product is the latest to flow from Google's October 2007 acquisition of security technology company Postini and marks the implementation of a strategy clearly flagged by Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise at the time when he said: "With Postini, we saw the potential to deliver a more complete hosted solution for businesses of all sizes."
It will also considerably increase the attractiveness of Google Apps to large organisations a market for which it is going head to head with Microsoft. SaaS for general office applications has yet to catch on at the top end of town. In September 2007, Capgemini, one of the world's leading providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, announced plans to offer and support the Google Apps to large enterprises . The company said at the time that it was targeting the global 2000 enterprises. Shortly afterwards it was bragging about the productivity gains from one of its first deployments. However that was in one of its own call centres and it has made no similar announcements since.
Google Web Security is presently available only in North America and Europe. More information here .