Google chooses Malaga for its new Cybersecurity Center together with an investment of more than 650 million dollars for Spain
Much has happened since in 2012, Google bought the security startup VirusTotal. That team led by Bernardo Quintero, has ended up drifting into the Google’s new ‘Cybersecurity Center of Excellence’. Today the company announces an investment of 650 million dollars in 5 years for Spain, among which is the creation of this new center located in Malaga, training in digital skills and the establishment of the first Google cloud region in Spain, in collaboration with Telefónica.
“The opening of this new center of excellence for cybersecurity in Malaga will strengthen the growth of innovation and prepare our society to face a key challenge of digitization such as cybersecurity,” explains Fuencisla Clemares, VP of Google Iberia. A commitment to cybersecurity that arises from the ecosystem of Spanish startups created years ago in Malaga.
From VirusTotal’s “chalet” to a space of 2,500 square meters
The new cybersecurity center will be located in Paseo de la Farola, in the center of Malaga. It will be a space of 2,500 square meters, in which training, talks, workshops and mentoring on cybersecurity will be offered. Product research and development will also be conducted, following previous work by the VirusTotal team.
It is already public: Google will create the Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity in Malaga. Long way to get here. Very excited about what is coming. https://t.co/cVJu5wKIK6
– Bernardo Quintero (@bquintero) February 11, 2021
Google considers Malaga as a region with “a vibrant startup ecosystem and incubators and accelerators of companies that have been cultivating the technological fabric for a long time”. In 2019, the company also launched a startup accelerator focused on cybersecurity. A project that was accompanied by 10 scholarships for women who would like to specialize with the title ‘University Expert in Reverse Engineering and Malware Intelligence’, from the University of Malaga.
The vice president of Google Iberia has held a meeting with the vice president Nadia Calviño and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transition, where they explained the investment of 650 million dollars, to be distributed among the different projects recently announced. A investment that is framed within the mobilization of private resources that the government hopes to achieve in its 2025 Digital Agenda.
Despite the passing of the years, The VirusTotal team upheld their original spirit within Google. Also the “call effect” within the company itself, where many Google workers considered going to Malaga to work with the team.
Now, with the creation of this new center, Google’s commitment to Malaga takes one more step. A little closer to becoming that search to “position Spain as a leader in Europe in terms of cybersecurity”, as they defend from Google Spain.