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Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian On 10 Hot Topics: Deutsche Bank Technology Conference

Kurian speaks about Google Cloud’s four ‘flavors’ of partners and its differentiated platform offering, security posture, multi-cloud and vertical market strategies, and data analytics strengths among other topics.

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Google Cloud Security

We are focused on three important things. One, how to make sure that the way software is built is secure to avoid things like the SolarWinds attack, which was a cybersecurity attack through a compromise in the software supply chain. Second, how do we protect people when they run their workloads in Google Cloud, so the security of Google Cloud. And third, how do we give them tools to understand their threat posture and protect them, no matter where they run their workloads, which is security for your enterprise. And we have lots of organizations using our platform for all three of these things just as a secure cloud infrastructure.

One of the big things we’ve done is we brought financial institutions like BBVA, stock exchanges like the London Stock Exchange and a variety of others — Equifax for example in the financial markets — to run on top of our cloud, because of the security it provides.

Every cyber event, to some extent, is a “black swan” event. The organization thinks it’s secure, a cyber security event happens, and then they don’t have a way of measuring their risk posture. So what we felt was, just like any other risk, cyber security should be measurable. It should be measured as a risk that you can manage, and our platform in Google Cloud provides organizations not only the ability to protect themselves, but to measure their posture. And now we offer cyber insurance to companies running their technology in our cloud because of the capabilities that we offer. We’re getting a lot of interest, particularly as the threats grow and the impacts of the threats grow.

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