“I Stay In Malaga”: Internet Security Pioneers Persuade Google To Gamble In Their City

2021-02-11   |   by CusiGO

In 2012, Google knocked on engineer Bernardo Quintero. The computer giant wants to buy his company VirusTotal. He offered only one condition: to stay in Malaga. A year later, Telef ó Nica contacted Sergio Delos Santos. They also want to sign him. The answer is the same: “yes, but I live in Malaga and have an office,” the computer expert recalls. They are all network security experts and have achieved their goals. Almost unaware, they built the wicker so that the capital of Costa del Sol began to gain a reputation in the region. On Thursday, Google announced the establishment of a network security Excellence Center with an area of more than 2500 square meters in the city, which is a milestone. “The region has a strong talent pool, a vibrant start-up ecosystem, and business incubators and accelerators that nurture technology structures over a long period of time,” the company said.

Quintero is now a well-known engineer. VirusTotal has the largest network security database in the world. His team analyzes more than 2 million files and URLs a day and lists Facebook, apple, Netflix or Samsung as customers. Delos Santos is the principal director of innovation and laboratory at elevenpaths, a subsidiary of Telef ó Nica tech, where they created technology and did a lot of research. In addition, they have a common past: they met in hispasec, a pioneering cyber security company founded in the late 1990s and also in Malaga. With 30 employees, it certifies and audits the IT infrastructure of many employees and works with 50 banks around the world to help them cope with threats that affect them or their customers. These three companies are the three pillars of cybersecurity from Mara to the world. “We can all say we’re not going to Madrid, Barcelona or silicon valley. It’s got results, “stressed hispasec manager Fernando Dennis.

His work was almost ignored. They rarely cause media uproar because of their sensitive work or the confidentiality terms they sign with their customers. However, for many years, the Department has been focusing on the Malaga region, thanks to the way they have opened up when the virus is little known and the scope of computer attacks is unknown. DEKRA, a multinational, has also chosen to settle in the Andalusian Technology Park (PTA), where ingenia, another related company, is working. “The basic appeal comes from Bernardo Quintero and VirusTotal, but Mara is known for its important national ecosystem: they are very popular companies,” said Javier L ó PEZ, vice president for corporate, territorial and digital transformation at the University of Malaga.

Until a few months ago, Lopez had a master’s degree in Computer Engineering, majoring in network security. It was born to explore the needs of technology enterprises. In June next year, 20 students will graduate. This is the fourth promotion. The current Vice President also leads a research team of 20 professors and doctors who share a building with VirusTotal’s office. Javier L ó PEZ believes that Google’s new center of excellence is like a higher lighthouse, and the world and Europe will pay special attention to this city now. “Its arrival will be a turning point.”, University experts pointed out. “There is no doubt that this is very important for Malaga,” stressed Fernando Dennis. “I also think it will help attract the attention of other technology sectors,” added Sergio de Los Santos, who stressed the importance of big companies looking beyond big capital: “it will also help develop more local talent.”

Google announced that the center will “provide training, lectures, seminars and guidance on cyber security” as well as product development, which is regarded as “one of the major challenges related to digital transformation”. It will be next to a street lamp, an ancient military government building that has been idle for decades. This is a real estate located in front of Pier 1 commercial complex near malagaita beach. It is expected that VirusTotal’s team of engineers will also be installed there, although it is not expected to open until 2023, as U.S. companies have to adapt it to use. The project is just one of the 530 million euro investments announced yesterday. The cost includes the installation of the first private submarine cable connecting Spain to the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as an agreement with Telefonica to establish the first regional data center in the country.

Leon is the seat of the National Institute of cyber security (incibe), and also another important reference point for cyber security in Spain and even in Europe. In December last year, Leon was nominated as the host country of the European Center for research capabilities in industry, technology and cybersecurity, although Bucharest, Romania was the final winner.

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