Google Cloud Signs Contract with U.S. Defense Department: Help Detect and Respond to Cyber Threats

Google Cloud announced on May 20 that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to help detect and respond to cyber threats. The deal allows the Defense Innovation Division (DIU) to run applications across platforms on a variety of cloud service platforms, including Google Cloud, Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, and manage them through Google Cloud Console, Reuters reported.

Originaltitle: Google Cloud signs new contract with U.S. Department of Defense to help detect and respond to cyber threats

Journalist Cheng Tianmeng

Google Cloud Signs Contract with U.S. Defense Department: Help Detect and Respond to Cyber Threats

Online news site Axios quoted Google as saying the contract could cost seven figures.

Google Cloud had previously signed a $10 billion cloud computing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense, which was widely believed to be awarded to Amazon AWS, but was eventually acquired by Microsoft Azure.

However, the deal could put Google back in contention.

In 2018, thousands of Google employees signed a joint letter urging Google to withdraw from its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, Project Maven, and 12 employees resigned to show their attitude.

The Project Maven project has sparked controversy by using Google’s artificial intelligence technology to analyze satellite images taken by the U.S. Department of Defense, with protesting employees saying Google should not be involved in a “war business.” At the time, the former head of Google Cloud promised employees that project Maven, the company’s contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, would not be renewed when it expires in March 2019.

The new contract with the Defense Innovation Division of the U.S. Department of Defense will focus on identifying cyber threats, Google said in a press release. Google says the system will provide real-time network monitoring, access control and complete audit trails, enabling defense innovation to maintain strict cloud security without compromising speed and reliability.