Google announces $10 billion cybersecurity investment following meeting with U.S. president

We reported that U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting with representatives from several companies such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, among many others. This meeting took place on August 25 and revolved around cybersecurity and the growing digital threats that the U.S. has been facing in the past few months. Now, Google has announced that it is investing $10 billion in this area in a multi-year effort.

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Google has explained that its $10 billion commitment will be used to strengthen cybersecurity across the nation. This includes improving open-source security, enhancing the security of supply chains, developing and expanding Zero Trust programs, and training 100,000 Americans in data analytics and IT through the Google Career Certificate program. All of this is part of a five-year initiative across which this $10 billion will be utilized.

The tech giant highlighted that there are multiple reasons as to why the U.S. is currently in a cybersecurity crisis. These revolve around organizations using legacy infrastructure and also having a severe lack of tooling, expertise, and trained professionals in the domain of cybersecurity.

Google has emphasized that in order to tackle cybersecurity threats head-on, companies need to utilize Zero Trust security models, which is exactly the approach Microsoft has been recommending as well. Google has also highlighted that this is not a new field for the tech giant. In the past, it has published 160 research papers on cybersecurity, developed an end-to-end framework for supply chain integrity called Supply Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA), and made significant investments in open-source security.

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