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Google has announced the formation of a cybersecurity action team to provide support to governments, critical infrastructure, enterprises, and small businesses. The Google Cybersecurity Action Team will consist of cybersecurity experts from across the organization and will guide customers through the cycle of security and digital transformation.
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“The Google Cybersecurity Action Team is part of our ongoing commitment to be the best partner for our enterprise and government customers along their security transformation journey,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. Cybersecurity is at the top of every C-level and board agenda, given the increasing prominence of software supply chain exploits, ransomware, and other attacks, he added.
Google says the effort will begin within Google Cloud, building on its partnerships with organizations of all sizes, and will evolve to bring Google security to more companies as it progresses. As part of its long-term mission, the cybersecurity team will provide a range of services to support customers including:
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Jen Easterly champions Google’s decision to form a team dedicated to offering its customers services and guidance around security transformation. “It’s great to see a large company like Google Cloud orient itself to support the cybersecurity of all organizations large and small through its Cybersecurity Action Team, and as part of the JCDC [Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative] and other initiatives, we look forward to partnering with them and other tech companies in this vital effort,” she said in a press release.
Forrester VP and principal analyst Jeff Pollard concurs, telling CSO that offering expertise at such scale is an intriguing and ambitious approach on Google’s part. “The incentives make sense for Google. The Security Action Team should facilitate and accelerate the adoption of Google Cloud Platform and Chronicle, and it puts Google at the forefront of security thought leadership for the clients that turn to it,” says Pollard. Customers get access to Google caliber experts that understand cloud, software development, DevOps, and scale in ways that are hard to find when hiring on your own, he says. “In addition, traditional consulting firms’ advisory offerings don’t understand cloud – or cloud security – the way Google does. Those firms think about cloud and cloud security as a project to migrate and implement, not as a strategy.”
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Michael Hill is the UK editor of CSO Online. He has spent the past five-plus years covering various aspects of the cybersecurity industry, with particular interest in the ever-evolving role of the human-related elements of information security.
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