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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats


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The Google symbol at an exhibition.

Google announced a new deal with the Pentagon.

Credit: James Martin/CNET

Google on Wednesday said it had struck a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to build cloud technology designed to detect and respond to cyberthreats.

The search engine giant declined to disclose the terms of the deal, but said the sum was in the "seven figures."

The contract is through the Defense Innovation Unit, a group within the Pentagon that scales commercial technology through the entire department. Axios earlier reported the news.

The deal comes despite blowback for other work Google has done with the military. Two years ago, workers at the search giant protested Google's contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, an initiative that uses artificial intelligence to improve analysis of drone footage. Thousands of workers signed a petition opposing the contract, and a handful of employees resigned in protest.

 

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