Google opens largest cybersecurity center in Europe

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Google opens largest cybersecurity center in Europe
Google opens largest cybersecurity center in Europe

After a year of conversations with policymakers, it opened the new cybersecurity center in the southern Spanish city of Malaga.

On Wednesday, in Europe, Google opened its largest cybersecurity center, warning that cyberattacks were becoming increasingly common and political systems were at risk of getting disrupted.

After a year of conversations with policymakers, it opened the new cybersecurity center in the southern Spanish city of Malaga, the Silicon Valley firm said.

The war in Ukraine showed how cyber tools could be used to destabilize democracy, warns Google and the European Union.

Cyberattacks had risen by 38 percent last year and were becoming “increasingly aggressive,” Kent Walker, Google’s global affairs chief, told reporters.

“We need to work together on an international scale” to combat the threat, he said.

An estimated 230,000 pieces of malicious software were being downloaded every day, said European Parliament vice president Dita Charanzova in a video address.

“We have no doubt that European elections will become a target for disinformation and cyber interference,” she said.

Its Malaga site would house experts building tools to combat cyber threats, said Google, which already has cybersecurity centers in Munich and Dublin.

Also, it would help to train government officials, companies, and NGOs.

To build up its cybersecurity armory, the firm has spent years.

Malaga-based startup VirusTotal, which now boasts one of the world’s largest malware databases, was acquired by Google a decade ago.

One of its biggest acquisitions was last year, when it bought American cybersecurity firm Mandiant for more than $5 billion.

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