By Chris King •
Published: 11 Feb 2021 • 21:05
Google To Open A Cybersecurity 'Centre Of Excellence' In Malaga.
GOOGLE To Open A Cybersecurity ‘Centre Of Excellence’ In Malaga it has been announced
Tech giant Google announced today (Thursday) that it intends to invest more than £470m ($650m) over five years in Spain, including the installation of a cybersecurity ‘Centre Of Excellence’, in an old military government building with a 2,500m2 of space, located on the Paseo de la Farola in Malaga, but no start date has yet been confirmed.
The state of the art learning centre will be the base for 40 engineers from the Virustotal team who are currently based at the University of Malaga, and incorporate workshops, lectures, training, and mentoring on cybersecurity, in addition to research and product development, along with many other challenges that are associated with the imminent digital transformation.
Reported by all the Spanish national news outlets, Google said the investment “will strengthen the growth of innovation and prepare our society to face a key challenge of digitization such as cybersecurity”.
Adding, “The choice of Malaga to host this new Google hub is not accidental. This region has great talent, a vibrant startup ecosystem and incubators and accelerators of companies that have been cultivating the technological fabric for a long time”.
Google began its association with the city of Malaga in 2012, when it took over the company VirusTotal, founded by Bernardo Quintero, who has since become one of Google’s top cybersecurity division managers worldwide.
Also part of the investment package will be the establishment in Madrid of the first-ever Google Cloud Region in Spain, in collaboration with Telefónica, with the connection of an underwater cable that will join Spain to the United States and the UK, to unleash the potential of cloud services with low latency and high performance.
The vice-president of Google Iberia, Fuencisla Clemares, met with the Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transition, Nadia Calviño, and has offered “the support and commitment in the process of digital transition and economic recovery of the country”.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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