On May 20, U.S. time, Google announced that it had signed a deal with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit to build a cloud solution to detect and respond to cyber attacks. The DIU is responsible for the application of private technology to the entire Department of Defense.
Source: James Martin/CNET
Google declined to disclose the terms of the deal, but said the contract amounted to “seven digits” (millions of dollars).
The new deal will provide the Department of Defense with a virtual firewall and give it more control over access to managed and unmanaged apps in the cloud.
The deal was also signed by Eric Schmidt, google’s former CEO, as he stepped up his defense role. In February, he reportedly stepped down as a technical advisor to Google’s parent company Alphabet. He is currently chairman of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, an advisory committee aimed at utilizing new technologies such as rapid machine learning by the Department of Defense. He is also chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which advises Congress on the use of artificial intelligence for defense purposes.