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Google launches AI Cyber Defense Initiative for AI-led cybersecurity solutions

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Google has announced the launch of its AI Cyber Defense Initiative aimed to counter the escalating threats posed by cybercriminals and state-sponsored attackers.

The initiative comes at a time with the Munich Security Conference is set to put AI’s potential in the spotlight. With this new initiative, Google aims to address the Defender’s Dilemma. This dilemma has been a central challenge in cybersecurity, with defenders needing to maintain flawless defences across an intricate digital terrain, while attackers only require one successful breach.

Google want to harness the power of AI to reverse this dynamic, offering scalable solutions for threat detection, malware analysis, vulnerability detection, and incident response.

“AI is at a definitive crossroads — one where policymakers, security professionals and civil society have the chance to finally tilt the cybersecurity balance from attackers to cyber defenders. At a moment when malicious actors are experimenting with AI, we need bold and timely action to shape the direction of this technology,” announced Google.

For the initiative to work, Google has committed to investing over $5 billion in data centres in Europe by the end of 2024 supporting the availability of the new AI innovations to public sector organisations and businesses globally.

Additionally, a new ‘AI for Cybersecurity’ cohort of 17 startups will receive support through Google for Startups Growth Academy.

One of the several problems that Google is looking to solve with AI is to overcome Defender’s Dilemma.

Google is also looking to train an army of cybersecurity experts and is providing $15 million through the Google.org Cybersecurity Seminars Programme to cover all of Europe. Under this programme, Google will support universities and institutions to launch cybersecurity courses for students.

The company is also open-sourcing Magika, an AI-powered tool for file type identification, providing enhanced precision in malware detection.

To advance research in AI-powered security, Google is allocating $2 million in research grants and strategic partnerships. The funding will support initiatives at institutions such as The University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford, focusing on breakthroughs in code verification, understanding how AI can aid in cyber offence and defence, and developing more resilient large language models.

With Google advancing millions of dollars, other big tech players are expected to follow suit. AI development has been continuing rapidly, so it is no surprise that companies are taking an interest in AI-led cybersecurity solutions.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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