Make the Internet a better and safer place by strengthening cybersecurity On the European continent it is the great challenge that Google is setting with its arrival in Malaga. A historical milestone for Andalusia and for the country as a whole that has become a reality with the inauguration of the third Security Engineering Center (GSEC) in the world, which joins the existing ones in Munich (Germany) and Dublin (Ireland).
Make the Internet a better and safer place strengthening cybersecurity On the European continent it is the great challenge that Google is setting with its arrival in Malaga. A historic milestone for Andalusia and for the country as a whole, which has become a reality with the inauguration of the third Security Engineering Center (GSEC) in the world, which joins the existing ones in Munich (Germany) and Dublin (Ireland).
“This new center reflects Google’s commitment to security and European values“said Google’s president of Global Affairs, Kent Walkerduring the inauguration of these facilities that will become a meeting point for a large team of company experts who will work on research and development of new tools to combat different threats on the network.
Google Málaga aims to become the epicenter of the collaboration of experts, academicsEuropean companies and governments, in everything related to good practices, sharing knowledge and achieving progress.
One of the missions of GSEC Málaga will be to provide support to all types of entities to strengthen your protection and their knowledge of cybersecurity, in line with the approaches of Google’s open security principles. For this, the center will have a space dedicated to trainingin which tailored seminars will be given for companies of all sizes, institutions, professionals, NGOs and even local educational centers.
The person in charge of cutting the ribbon that marks the official beginning of the American giant’s activity in the country has been Fuencisla Clemaresthe general director of Google in Spain and Portugal, who highlighted that the entrepreneurial and technological ecosystem of Malaga and the trajectory of VirusTotal (a company acquired by Google in 2012) have been key to the choice of the city.
Some very Malaga offices
The Google workforce in Malaga is made up of about 90 workers, the company has hired 90% of the members of VirusTotalthe main person responsible for their landing in Andalusia.
The building, located in the former headquarters of the Military Government of Malaga, has an area of 2,500 square meters and is full of Malaga or rather ‘Malaguita’ details. The ‘Espeto’, ‘Moraga’ or ‘Boqueron’ offices, as a nod to the city’s gastronomic landmarks, are mixed with others called ‘Mario Bros’ or ‘Finay Fantasy’. In addition, other meeting rooms are dedicated to VirusTotal’s specialty, that is, malware or malicious software, with spaces named ‘Wannacry’, ‘Stucknet’ and ‘Mirai’.
In the collective imagination, Google headquarters are idealized as colorful spaces, relaxation and play areas, and gastronomic spaces that make their employees’ days more bearable. All of these expectations are met in Malaga, where the headquarters has arcade machines, a table football and a cafeteria where the staff can enjoy the best of Malaga food.
Google has taken maximum care of the construction materials to generate the lowest possible carbon footprint, and has also made room for symbolic construction and decorative elements such as, for example, handmade bricks for a large mural in its auditorium, or tiles for the floor that recreate the same patterns as those of the church of San Juan in Málaga.
In the decorative aspect, old images of the Military Government have been maintained that combine Doodles dedicated to Chiquito de la Calzada (one of the best-known comedians in the city) or the traditional sardine skewer.
The delegate of the Andalusian Government in Malaga, Patricia Navarro, has highlighted that the city is thus consolidating itself as “the headquarters of cybersecurity and technological capital of Andalusia and Spain. Without a doubt it is a historical milestone.”
In this sense and regarding the relations with the cybersecurity center that the Government of Andalusia has also opened in Malaga this month, Navarro highlighted that it will have lines of collaboration and cooperation with companies such as Google, “we are going to work in the same direction” , he assured.