Google launches AI Cyber Defense Initiative to improve security infrastructure | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Through the AI Cyber Defense Initiative, we’re continuing our investment in an AI-ready infrastructure, releasing new tools for defenders, and launching new research and AI security training. These commitments are designed to help AI secure, empower and advance our collective digital future.

1. Secure. We believe AI security technologies, just like other technologies, need to be secure by design and by default – or they could further deepen the Defender’s Dilemma. This is why we started the Secure AI Framework as a vehicle to collaborate on best practices for securing AI systems. To build on these efforts to foster a more secure AI ecosystem:

  • We continue to invest in our secure, AI-ready network of global data centers. To help turn the tide in cyberspace, we need to make new AI innovations available to public sector organizations and businesses of all sizes across industries. Over the period 2019 to end 2024, we will have invested over $5 billion in data centers in Europe — helping support secure, reliable access to a range of digital services, including broad generative AI capabilities like our Vertex AI platform.
  • We’re announcing a new “AI for Cybersecurity” cohort of 17 startups from the UK, US and EU under the Google for Startups Growth Academy’s AI for Cybersecurity Program. This will help strengthen the transatlantic cybersecurity ecosystem with internationalization strategies, AI tools, and the skills to use them.

2. Empower. AI governance choices made today can shift the terrain in cyberspace in unintended ways. Our societies need a balanced regulatory approach to AI usage and adoption to avoid a future where attackers can innovate but defenders cannot. We need targeted investments, partnerships between industry and government, and effective regulatory approaches to empower organizations to maximize the value from AI while limiting utility to adversaries. To help give defenders the upper hand in this fight:

  • We’re expanding our $15 million Cybersecurity Seminars Program to cover all of Europe, initially announced at GSEC Malaga last year. The program, which includes AI-focused modules, supports universities to train the next generation of cybersecurity experts from underserved communities.
  • We’re open-sourcing Magika, a new, AI-powered tool to aid defenders through file type identification, an essential part of detecting malware. Magika is already used to help protect products including Gmail, Drive and Safe Browsing, as well as by our VirusTotal team to foster a safer digital environment. Magika outperforms conventional file identification methods providing an overall 30% accuracy boost and up to 95% higher precision on traditionally hard to identify, but potentially problematic content such as VBA, JavaScript and Powershell.

3. Advance. We’re committed to advancing research that helps generate breakthroughs in AI-powered security. To support this effort, we’re announcing $2 million in research grants and strategic partnerships that will help strengthen cybersecurity research initiatives using AI, including enhancing code verification, improving understanding of how AI can help with cyber offense and countermeasures for defense, and developing large language models that are more resilient to threats. The funding is supporting researchers at institutions including The University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. This builds on our ongoing efforts to stimulate the cybersecurity ecosystem, including our $12 million commitment to the New York research system last year.

The AI revolution is already underway. While people rightly applaud the promise of new medicines and scientific breakthroughs, we’re also excited about AI’s potential to solve generational security challenges while bringing us close to the safe, secure and trusted digital world we deserve.


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