Google opens first ever Cyberdefense hub in Japan


Amid escalating Chinese cyber attacks targeting government infrastructure globally, Google has inaugurated its inaugural Asia-Pacific Cyberdefense center in Tokyo, Japan. This hub is poised to serve as a pivotal nexus for information exchange and research collaboration among businesses, governmental entities, and academic institutions in Japan. It aims to offer periodic training modules designed to empower enterprises in countering AI-driven cyber threats, which have emerged as a pressing concern for Western nations.

Subsidiary to Alphabet, Inc., Google plans to enlist engineers from various countries including Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, and Israel to ensure the effective operation of the Cyberdefense hub.

In a strategic move, the internet giant recently launched an AI Cyber Defense initiative in Spain, aiming to mitigate the phenomenon known as the “Defender’s Dilemma.”

Interestingly, this development surfaces on the heels of another incident involving a Google staff member being apprehended for illicitly obtaining trade secrets pertaining to AI advancements, particularly the Gemini AI Chatbot. Linwei Ding, the accused, allegedly leaked proprietary information to two Beijing-based firms. Despite undergoing regular data loss prevention checks, Ding managed to evade detection since June 2021, highlighting the challenge posed by insider threats.

Meanwhile, Google’s GUAC Tool, designed to detect software vulnerabilities and developed by Kusari, has been dedicated to the OpenSSF , spearheaded by The Linux Foundation.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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