Thursday, February 29

Google: “We are trying to position Malaga as a global cybersecurity hub”

“Málaga is an ecosystem that is already bearing fruit and therefore Google is here”. This is how he summed up Miguel Escassi, director of Institutional Relations and Public Policies of Google, the interest of the technological giant in coming to the capital of the Costa del Sol.

As Escassi stressed during a talk at La Térmica, the seed of Google’s journey in the city was planted by the Malaga firm Virus Total, led by Bernardo Quintero -already distinguished as the great ambassador of technological Malaga-, but it has been its innovative and business fabric that has made even the Global CEO of the North American company, Sundar Pichai, perceive Malaga as a “very dynamic ecosystem”.

“We are trying together, with the Malaga ecosystem, to position Malaga as a global cybersecurity hub”, has indicated the director of Institutional Relations of Google.

The auction of that bet by Malaga will be the opening in 2023 Google’s center of excellence in cybersecurity in the former military government headquarters, on Paseo de la Farola in front of Muelle Uno, which will be nourished by the base that the company already has in the capital. Specifically, it is a team of 60 Spanish and international engineers settled in the Malaga Tech Park (PTA)originally linked to the University of Malaga.

“We are looking forward to moving house because it is also going to be an expansion of the team”, said the Google spokesman during a “Cybersecure City” talk moderated by Juan M. Zafra.


Therefore, Google will not open a new center but will “strengthen” the work that is already being developed in the technology park. Thus, Escassi divides into three levels the functions that the center will have:

At a first level, this new environment will be used as a hub for share information and knowledge about cyber threats through reports and periodic reports that will make it easier for companies and institutions to defend themselves against an attack on the virtual plane.

Second, he will run as a European center for attracting national and international talent which will stop in Malaga, through workshops, talks by experts, alliances with cybersecurity agencies and European firms… Finally, it will invest in cybersecurity training, aimed at both professionals and companies or institutions.

“The idea is that national talent can benefit from this center”, added Miguel Escassi, who stressed that this center of excellence specific courses will be taughtincluding part of the Google Certificate program.

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This center, together with the one announced in Granada that will be specialized in artificial intelligencewill promote Andalusia as a “leading” territory in Spain in terms of technological development, a community benefited, in addition, by the good living conditions and the attraction that this generates among the technological professions, in which teleworking proliferates.

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