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Google Backs Creation of Cybersecurity Clinics with $20-Million Donation


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Google CEO Sundar Pinchai.

Pichai said the new initiative addresses both the rising number of cyberattacks—up 38% globally in 2022—and the lack of candidates trained to stop them.

Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged $20 million to support and expand the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics, which introduces college students to cybersecurity careers while helping small government offices, rural hospitals, and nonprofits with cyber defenses and threat assessments.

This follows Google's May rollout of the Google Cybersecurity Certificate Program to prepare participants for entry-level cybersecurity jobs, and its partnership with universities in New York to develop cybersecurity learning and career opportunities.

Google.org's Justin Steele said of the cybersecurity clinics, "Those students get hands-on experience, and they get to increase their marketability for all of these open jobs in cybersecurity. We get to diversify the field of cybersecurity by training these students, and we get to protect critical U.S. infrastructure."

From Associated Press
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