Davos (Switzerland) (EFE).- Google works with the Government of Spain to “ensure” the good performance of the upcoming elections in Spain on May 28, 2023 and highlights that they have not seen “specific cyber threats” directed at the electoral process.
“I was in Madrid earlier this year talking to the Spanish government and others to make sure that we can do our job to safeguard the Spanish elections,” Kent Walker, director of Global Affairs for the giant Google, told Efe in an interview.
In this sense, Walker assured that they have “a high degree of confidence” that Google services “will continue to provide high-quality information and will be a reliable source for Spanish voters in their search for information about candidates or where to go to vote” .
For the company, cybersecurity is one of the highest priorities and in this sense it wanted to emphasize that they have not seen “specific cyberthreats directed at the Spanish elections.”
In the interview, granted within the framework of the Davos Economic Forum, the American executive pointed to the upcoming inauguration, scheduled for the second half of 2023, of the new Security Engineering Center in the city of Malaga, which will be added to the that Google already has in Dublin (Ireland) and Munich (Germany).
“They are a security center for research around the world, not just for Spain or even just for Europe. They are conducting basic research that will help us identify threats and vulnerabilities. And increasingly, we are starting to use artificial intelligence as a way to identify weaknesses in networks,” he stated.
The Malaga center will be concerned above all with “identifying unusual patterns of behavior that cause suspicion or finding ways to suggest safer procedures,” he added.
Google announced in 2021 the choice of Malaga as the headquarters of this European center of excellence in cybersecurity whose facilities will be a key global ‘hub’ for the group’s cyber defense strategy.