Google appreciates Kamala Harris’ call for doubling down on cyber security


San Francisco: Google has welcomed the announcement by US Vice President Kamala Harris that the country is expanding its efforts to advance international cooperation in cyber security by joining the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is a voluntary commitment to work with the international community to advance cyber security and preserve an open, secure and reliable Internet.

Google was one of the first signatories to the Paris call in 2018, when it was initially advanced by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The nine principles of the Paris call are something we should all agree on, but the time has come to put them into practice, the company said on Thursday. Google has unique expertise supporting many of these principles.

According to the White House, the decision to support the Paris call reflects the Biden-Harris administration’s priority to renew and strengthen America’s engagement with the international community on cyber issues.

The global SolarWinds software attack has underscored the real risks and effects of supply chain attacks.

Google said, in that vein, we are doubling down to develop solutions to protect users, organizations and society. Earlier this year, we announced that we would invest $10 billion over the next five years to advance cyber security.

Google has also pledged $100 million to support third-party foundations such as OpenSSF, which manage open source security priorities and help fix vulnerabilities.

The tech giant noted, “By the end of 2021, we plan to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in two-step verification and need 2 million YouTube creators to make it operational.”

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