Paseo de la Farola de Málaga where Google will install a center of excellence for cybersecurity GOOGLE MAPS 02/11/2021GOOGLE MAPS / Europa Press
Google announced this Thursday in its blog that it will invest 650 million dollars (531 million euros) in five years to "accelerate the digital transition in Spain". This has also been communicated by the general director of the company in Spain and Portugal, Fuencisla Clemares, to the Minister of Economy and Vice President of the Government, Nadia Calviño. The investment includes the installation in Malaga of a center of excellence for cybersecurity in which "training, talks, workshops and mentoring on cybersecurity, as well as research and product development will be offered."
The 531 million will also be used to establish the first Cloud Region in Spain, announced in collaboration with Telefónica and with which Google intends to bring its critical infrastructures closer to the country to improve its services in the area, and for the installation of the first private submarine cable of the technology giant to connect Spain with the United States and UK. The infrastructure, baptized as Grace Hooper , was announced last July and will be ready in 2022. According to the company, it will allow Spanish companies and public administrations to accelerate their transformation to scale and deploy the potential of cloud services with low latency and high performance.
The cybersecurity center will be located in a space of 2,500 square meters located on Paseo de la Farola in the Andalusian city. Google says it has chosen Malaga because the region "has great talent, a vibrant ecosystem of startups and incubators and accelerators companies that have growing technological fabric long time." The new facilities will also become the workspace of Virus Total, a Malaga startup acquired by the technology giant in 2012 and which carries out its functions in close collaboration with the University of Malaga.
The company has also committed to continue with the training in professional digital skills, "keys for society to successfully embrace the opportunities of this changing world". In this sense, Clemares has stressed that for a long time the company has supported SMEs and individuals to be "more digitally prepared in this changing environment" and has defended that the Cloud Region, together with the submarine cable, in collaboration with Local partners will allow companies and the public sector to be “more scalable and efficient in their businesses.”
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