On Wednesday, Google announced it has upgraded Safe Browsing Alerts as part of an effort to help network administrators better protect their networks.
The service sends notifications to network administrators when Google’s systems detect dangerous URLs on their networks.
Google originally launched Safe Browsing Alerts five years ago.
Google software engineer Nav Jagpal said in a blog post the company has added additional data on suspicious links "to provide network admins with even more useful information for protecting their users.”
In addition, Google now shares more data with network admins, from malicious URLs related to unwanted software to malware download sources.
"Network administrators can use the data provided by our service to gain insights into the security and quality of their network," said Jagpal in the blog.
Tools such as Safe Browsing Alerts can give network admins a heads-up to a potential security concern. Given today’s increasingly threat-intense environment, such alerts can prove invaluable. Cyber criminals make an estimated 1,425% ROI for exploit kit and ransomware schemes, according to the 2015 Trustwave Global Security Report. Those returns are enough to keep enterprising cybercriminals working nearly nonstop to improve their strategies.