Google ChromeOS Flex comes out of beta to help stop ransomware threats

by | Jul 14, 2022 | Technology

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Today, Google announced that its free, chromium-based operating system, ChromeOS Flex, is coming out of beta. 

ChromeOS Flex will provide PC and MAC users with a cloud-driven secure operating system that they can deploy via USB, and manage alongside other Chrome OS devices. 

While Chrome OS Flex has the same codebase as Chrome OS, unlike the latter, ChromeOS Flex can be installed on Windows and Mac machines as well, opening the door to millions of potential new users. 

Since Google made ChromeOS Flex available for early access users in February 2022, there are now over 400 devices that are now certified for Flex, and can be managed through the Google Admin console with the Chrome Enterprise Upgrade. 

For enterprises, the newly released OS offers a secure, user-friendly operating system, which they can deploy rapidly across an entire fleet of remote employee devices to reduce the prospect of data loss if a device is lost or stolen. 

Standing up as the go-to secure OS 

The launch of ChromeOS Flex comes as more organizations are struggling to deal with modern ransomware and malware threats. For instance, research shows that ransomware attacks rose by 92.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, growing from 1,389 reported attacks, to 2,690 last year. 

One of the main reasons for this struggle to secure modern enterprise environments is the complexity of remote working, and ensuring that employee devices are completely patched against vulnerabilities. 

In fact, 74% of IT managers say that remote work makes it harder for employees to follow good security practices. 

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