Google Cloud Organization Policies: A Comprehensive Guide

In the dynamic landscape of cloud computing, maintaining a robust security posture is paramount. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offers a powerful tool in its arsenal: Organization Policies. What Are Google Cloud Organization Policies? Organization Policies are a set of hierarchical constraints that you can apply across your entire GCP organization, folders, or projects. They enable you to: Why Organization Policies Matter for Your Security: Org policies let your engineers and developers deploy new services but maintain a compliant and secure environment by ensuring: Key Organization Policy Use Cases: The full list of Org Policies is avaiable on the Google Cloud site but a few examples are: Implementing Organization Policies: Step-by-Step Guide Best Practices for Organization Policies: In summary Google Cloud Organization Policies empower you to elevate your cloud security posture through proactive, centralized controls. If you are worried about your Google Cloud security Aviato offer Google Cloud Security Assesments and can help with the implementation of Org Policies.

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Stop waiting to unlock the power of AI! 🤯 You already know SQL… and that’s ALL you need. Transcript if you have a lot of data stored on  Google Cloud for analytics it’s probably  going to be stored in B query now  everyone’s trying to do Ai and their  training models using pre-existing  models spending a lot of money on data  scientists but I’ve got some great news  if you’re using be query be query has be  query ml built into it this lets you run  AI against your B query data set by  using SQL now SQL is the language used  by all the people doing queries or  database administrators now it’s very  simple to use and you probably already  have the skills so you don’t need to go  and hire expensive data scientists and  AI Engineers to gather insights from  your data I’m going to break down some  of the models that are built into B cre  ml to see if these are going to solve  business problems for you first one is  linear regression this is predicting how  much you’ll sell based on past data so  if you’re planning stock Staffing trying  to run promotions more accurately this  is for you it’s built- in can be run  with sequel the next one is logistic  regression this is sorting things into  categories so let’s say you want to sort  customers into categories um to see  whether they’re going to buy from you  again um or if products are faulty  putting them into categories saying  these products are likely going to be  faulty so you can see the use cases for  business the next one is K means  clustering this finds hidden groups  within your customer base so you can  Target marketing campaigns towards them  the next Matrix factorization suggesting  which customers might be likely to buy  an it this is kind of what you’ll see  when you get predictive things on  websites saying and you might also like  to buy X I think we’re up to the fifth  one PCA or principal component analysis  this is simplifying complex data to find  the most important pattern helping you  spot Trends and make more informed  decisions the last one I’ve got is time  series so predicting future sales based  on past data helping you predict demand  and make sure you have enough stock  based on things that have happened in  the past so all of these models are  already build into big query ml as I  said and can be accessed using SQL  queries which you likely already have  the skills for in your organization to  enabling your organization to make AI  enabled decisions without spending an  absolute Fortune if you want help with  any of this Reach Out aviat Consulting  can help you thanks   – Generated with https://kome.ai

Video Post: Google Cloud Vertex AI & Hugging Face

Who Really Owns Your App? Transcript did you know that most app developers in Australia don’t let you own the IP that they develop for you let me break that down for you you pay someone to write an app for you they let you use it licensed to use it commercialize it change it but you don’t actually own the intellectual property now what would happen if someone else had a similar idea to you went to the same app developer they could sell the code that you paid them to develop this other person doubling their money the next day all they need to do is change the colors and logo maybe make a few slight changes and you’re going to have a competitor now the app developers made a ton of cash on this cuz they’ve sold the same thing twice and only done the work once but you’ve got a competitor that’s going to compete with you and I don’t think that’s really fair and that’s not what we do at aviato at aviato if you pay us to develop your app you own the intellectual property we aren’t going to steal it and use it elsewhere and we’re not going to sell it to a competitor a few days after we finish your project so that then you have someone to compete with in the marketplace if you are looking to get an app developed this is really something that you should be checking with the app developer that you’re going to use reach out to us if ou do want to get an app developed Thanks

Video Post: Who Really Owns Your App?

Cut Costs, Boost Performance with Vertex AI Transcript have you been seeing all of the graphs and tables on LinkedIn comparing all of the current AI models it’s a little bit overwhelming obviously Chad gbt 4 is better than Chad gbt 3.5 but people start comparing Google Gemini and Gemma in versions Pro and Ultra and then they have 1.5 in Pro and Ultra then anthropic come on the scene with Claude 3 which also comes in three different models called Hau son Opus now I’m confused um I’m sure you’re confused and for most businesses they just want to get the best model that’s going to serve their purposes the best what we do is we deploy all of our AI on Google Cloud now Google cloud has access to the Google models Gemini The Meta models from Facebook llama it also has the anthropic models so clawed through in addition to this it has a ton of other different models that you can swap out fairly quickly so you can test and see which model is going to give you the best results for your use case and everyone’s use case is going to get better results from different models now if the models that I’ve spoken about and is about 70 or so on Google Cloud aren’t doing what you want you can go and use models from hugging face now you’ve probably never heard of hugging face hugging face is where people share models that they’ve built or train themselves or fine tuned so someone can take an open source model let’s say llama 3 from meta they can make it do something else for a specific news case and they can share it for anyone to use there’s currently 617,000 models on hugging face and we can very quickly integrate those with Google clouds of vertex AI to solve you all unique use cases if you go to hugging face and look at the models and just go to the categories you’ll be blown away there’s things in there from depth estimation super cool use case image classification video question answering audio classification tabular regression and one that I haven’t played with yet but super interesting robotic if you have a business problem and think you’d like to try and see if we can solve with AI reach out to meet aviato Consulting we happy to help you with this and using the power of Google switching out those models to get the best results for your business at the best price thanks

Navigating the AI Maze

The AI landscape is exploding with a dizzying array of models, from the Large Language Models (LLMs) most of us have experimented with like Llama 2 or 3 from Meta, Claude 2 from Anthropic, and Bard (now Gemini) from Google, and the original ChatGPT. Each boasts unique capabilities, from generating different creative text formats to translating languages and answering your questions in an informative way. To make this even more confusing we have models that excel at robotics, tabular regression, image generation, or depth estimation. Choosing The Right Model For Your Business While this abundance offers exciting possibilities, it also presents a significant challenge: choosing the right model for your specific needs, and doing it within your budget. The pricing models for these vary greatly Gemin 1.0 advanced, to 1.5 Ultra is a 10x cost differential. For businesses, this creates an impossible puzzle: how do you select the optimal model without getting lost in the ever evolving AI arms race? And how do you do this within your budget? The answer lies in flexibility. Instead of locking into a single model, businesses need an adaptable infrastructure that allows them to test their business use case against one model, evaluate the performance and then try another, without rebuilding the solution. Additionally as new models are released, testing these to see if there is an uplift to the value of the model quickly, is going to give you the competitive advantage over others that need to rebuild their solution. This ability to quickly swap out models offers several key benefits: Architecture Architecting a solution that works for your business can be easily acheived on Google Cloud with Vertex AI, but this will exclude you from using ChatGPT or other models not avaiable on Huggingface.co LLMs on Google Cloud Vertex AI Google Cloud’s Vertex AI provides the perfect platform for achieving this flexibility. It allows businesses to seamlessly deploy, manage, and experiment with various LLMs through a unified interface. If you are not happy with the 50 or so models they have, you can deploy one from Huggingface.co which has over 600,000 models to choose from. The alternative solution for the non Google customers could be to write a common API, which would give you the flexibility to swap out models, or use Chat GPT which is one model that you cannot find on either Google or Huggingface.co Any LLM With a Common API Either option empowers you to leverage the strengths of different models, test each of them against your unique problems, and stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving AI landscape. Aviato Consulting, a Google Cloud Partner, specializes in helping businesses navigate the complexities of AI and implement flexible LLM solutions on Vertex AI. Our expertise ensures you harness the full potential of AI, maximizing its value for your specific business needs.

Video Post: Don’t hire a team of developers

Don’t Hire A Team of Developers Transcript so you’re looking to get a mobile app built and you need to hire a team of developers I’m Ben from Aviato Consulting and I’m gonna tell you why that’s not the best way to do things if you have a great app idea but lack the in house expertise you can build a development team from scratch but it’s super expensive you need a user interface designer to help your apps look good you need a front end developer to actually build the frontend of the ad and a backend developer to talk to any databases or APIs and then you’re probably gonna need a fourth person to oversee the first three by the time you hire those people I think I can have your app released maybe not fully finished but at least released for a fraction of the cost this is where we excel we’re flexible on demand development team you pay us monthly and you can cancel it anytime we’re literally developers as a service from my experience working at Google it made sense to specialise in deploying our apps on Google Cloud as well that means the app you get is powerful secure and reliable we also write all of our apps in flutter again by Google which means we write the code a single time and deploy that to web, Android and iOS cutting down the development time and cost so to summarize with us you get speed we understand the pressure launch quickly and our streamline process gets your app to market fast host effectiveness you only pays the development hours you need known as enter into long term contract and you get our Google Cloud expertise making sure the app is scalable secure and reliable

Video Post: Cut Your App Development Costs In Half

So you want to cut your app development costs in half? Transcript so you’re looking to get a mobile app built and you need to hire a team of developers I’m Ben from Aviato Consulting and I’m gonna tell you why that’s not the best way to do things if you have a great app idea but lack the in house expertise you can build a development team from scratch but it’s super expensive you need a user interface designer to help your apps look good you need a front end developer to actually build the frontend of the ad and a backend developer to talk to any databases or APIs and then you’re probably gonna need a fourth person to oversee the first three by the time you hire those people I think I can have your app released maybe not fully finished but at least released for a fraction of the cost this is where we excel we’re flexible on demand development team you pay us monthly and you can cancel it anytime we’re literally developers as a service from my experience working at Google it made sense to specialise in deploying our apps on Google Cloud as well that means the app you get is powerful secure and reliable we also write all of our apps in flutter again by Google which means we write the code a single time and deploy that to web, Android and iOS cutting down the development time and cost so to summarize with us you get speed we understand the pressure launch quickly and our streamline process gets your app to market fast host effectiveness you only pays the development hours you need known as enter into long term contract and you get our Google Cloud expertise making sure the app is scalable secure and reliablehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi8lqBGz73Y Transcript so you’re looking to get a mobile app built and you need to hire a team of developers I’m Ben from Aviato Consulting and I’m gonna tell you why that’s not the best way to do things if you have a great app idea but lack the in house expertise you can build a development team from scratch but it’s super expensive you need a user interface designer to help your apps look good you need a front end developer to actually build the frontend of the ad and a backend developer to talk to any databases or APIs and then you’re probably gonna need a fourth person to oversee the first three by the time you hire those people I think I can have your app released maybe not fully finished but at least released for a fraction of the cost this is where we excel we’re flexible on demand development team you pay us monthly and you can cancel it anytime we’re literally developers as a service from my experience working at Google it made sense to specialise in deploying our apps on Google Cloud as well that means the app you get is powerful secure and reliable we also write all of our apps in flutter again by Google which means we write the code a single time and deploy that to web, Android and iOS cutting down the development time and cost so to summarize with us you get speed we understand the pressure launch quickly and our streamline process gets your app to market fast host effectiveness you only pays the development hours you need known as enter into long term contract and you get our Google Cloud expertise making sure the app is scalable secure and reliable

Video Post: Nobody gives a shit about cyber security

Nobody Gives A Shit About Cyber Security Transcript nobody gives a shit about cyber security honestly nobody care I think partly it’s cause the messaging is terrible but cyber security experts tell us what to do but they don’t really explain why and what they tell us to do is hard to do it’s cumbersome and time consuming hopefully I can fix that the No. 1 thing everyone tells us to do is to enable multi factor authentication now every time you sign in having to get an SMS code or use your authenticator app to get a code slows you down it’s just annoying introducing the hardware security key so not many people speak about or use these devices I plug this into my laptop and every time I log in I simply touch it it takes a second this means that anyone trying to hack me would need my password and would need to get this now that’s not impossible hackers could come to my house and take it but we have the police for that and that’s much more difficult and time consuming than sending out a fishing email this one thing will protect you against most cyber attacks if you click the link in a fishing email they might get your password but they’re not gonna get this very very simple security effortless to employ and it doesn’t take any extra time the next one is using a password manager so everyone wants to have 1 password for everything so if you use that password for everything that’s great super simple but let’s say you use your password to book a haircut at your hairdresser and my barber’s okay with cutting hair he’s probably terrible with cybersecurity if he gets hacked the hackers are gonna have my email address and my password that’s used everywhere they’re gonna go from there directly into my email and then probably try to get into my bank using a password manager means that I have one password that unlocks my password manager and then it types all of my passwords for me so all of my passwords apart from the one that I need to remember a super complex 20 something characters streams of numbers letters and characters on my phone and my computer I have my password manager installed half the time I log into that and it types all my passwords for me so actually saves me time these two things are pretty much the main point that will stop you from getting hacked if you do want any other help especially if you want a cloud security order for your business on your cloud reach out to Aviato Consulting will happily help you with that one but try these as well this one’s called a UBQ you can Google it it costs about $100 and will save you a ton of headache thanks

Video Post: Getting Started With Google Cloud

Getting Started With Google Cloud Transcript getting started with Google Cloud can seem overwhelming at first as with any cloud there are a lot of services that you can use and each has configuration options that can get you into trouble when I worked at Google Cloud I helped some of the biggest brands in Australia set up their cloud environments and I’ll give you a few tips that I learnt from doing that the first thing you wanna do is enable some structure trading an organisation and then creating folders in the organisation to keep projects organised and allow to give groups of users permissions to do things to those projects for example putting all the development projects in a folder called development and giving developers access to those and then having all of the production projects in a production folder maybe without access for developers or for other groups of people once you have the folder set up you need to set up identity and access management so as I kind of touched on that’s creating a group putting developers in the group and then giving that group access to the folder that contains the projects that developers need to work on to do their jobs we may not wanna give them access to the production folder at all or maybe we only give them read only access this is a super simple example and we can nest folders and get much more complex with it and any environment that we’re talking about is gonna have more complexity than that this is a simple explanation now we wanna start talking about organisational policies we’ve got a group of developers that got access to their projects and development folder that we still don’t wanna do anything silly like putting a cloud storage bucket on the internet so that anyone can see what our files are even if those are development mocked data having a data breach is not gonna be good in the headlines there’s a ton of all policies and each one of them needs to be configured and this one example appear for the cloud storage bucket we may need an exception for the public facing internet to be on the internet once we have all this set up we kinda wanna make sure that we’re managing with code if a developer does request that a cloud storage bucket be put on the internet we wanna see who requested that and why and track those changes the logical step here is using infrastructure as code we use Terraform the same as the best practice at Google Cloud that Google had professional services used when I was there and we can do the same for your business in 5 days excluding any complex networking some people are spending much longer on this and it’s really not that complex if this sounds too complex do reach out we’ve done this when working at Google so we know the best practices and we know how to set you up securely so that your business can scale on Google Cloud thank you

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