News is out that Engineers from Google have refused to build customized cloud security applications for US Defense. And FYI, all this happened while Google is chasing the $10 billion JEDI contract of US Defense to choose a single cloud vendor to provide wholesome services to the Department of Defense (DoD) for up to 10 years.
A source from Bloomberg reports to Cybersecurity Insiders that almost 9 engineers working for the internet juggernaut have refused to build a security feature known as “Air Gap” for cloud services required for US Military and Intelligence.
In simple terms, Air Gap means separation of sensitive workloads from other regular workloads.
Basically, in every cloud company, all workloads related to different companies are maintained on the same server. But the same practice cannot be carried when it comes to handling military applications.
This is where the rebellion issue erupted which made the engineers refuse to craft of the application for DoD. And it’s said that the internal protests lodged over Google’s participation in Project Maven, which provided the integration of Artificial Intelligence into the technology development for Department of Defense.
Remember, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure offers this technology to government customers by default.
But wonder why the web search giant has rejected the issue? Air Gap might not be only the issue for its rejection ….isn’t it?