Google sets aside $1 million to keep Drive safe

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Dedicates $1 Million To Fund More Grants For Independent Security Research For Drive.

Google today announced that it has allocated $1 million for grants to give out for security vulnerability research, even when the research doesn’t directly lead to the discovery of bugs. Separately, the company will continue to offer up to $20,000 to anyone who finds and reports a qualifying issue. “The end result of these ongoing efforts is a product that — unlike your garden-variety hard drive — actually gets better over time,” Google Drive Product Manager Kevin Nelson wrote in a blog post. This initiative, which was first introduced at the beginning of 2015, is in addition to Google’s Vulnerability Reward Program for bug bounties, which has existed since 2010. Organizations are increasingly opting for various cloud services for their data storage needs, thus also inviting needs for a more robust security infrastructure in place.

The new pledge comes after Google in January launched an “experimental” Vulnerability Research Grants program through which researchers can earn awards before they ever submit a bug. Acknowledging that “keeping files safe in Google Drive is super important”, Google says that next year it will make the money available to independent security researchers.

Although Drive from Google still remains to be adopted by large enterprises on a large scale for data storage, recent efforts of Google towards improving Drive indicate towards the possible future path of Drive. The grant program, which doles out as little as $500 and as much as $3,133.70, helps distinguish Google in the world of security research, where bug bounties have become very popular.

We’re grateful for their efforts to keep Google Drive safe, so next year we’re dedicating $1,000,000 to fund even more grants for independent security research. Jumping on the holiday season bandwagon, Google uses the near-certain arrival of countless new devices in the coming week to promote the value of Drive, pointing out that it “can help you easily move your files and keep them all safe going forward”. But it’s not just fences, cameras, and lasers that keep things safe — it’s people.” Google employs more than 500 security experts, but the company also relies on a network of independent researchers, and that’s where the grants and vulnerability awards come in. Google Drive isn’t Google’s most popular service (240 million users as of September 2014, compared with more than 1 billion for YouTube), but as the company angles for more enterprise business for its cloud file-sharing service — and competes with the likes of Microsoft and Box — it wants to look enterprise grade. Under the program, Google had announced to reward the security researchers of their products and services even if they don’t find any vulnerabilities.

You can now narrow your search to a specific file type — like PDFs, text documents, spreadsheets, photos, presentations, or videos — right from the search box on iOS, Android, and the Web. Google knows that every cloud storage company is one security breach away from getting left in the dust, so this type of dedication isn’t surprising.

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