$1 million have been pledged for Google Drive vulnerability studies carried out by independent research companies so as to determine how likely it is to hijack this service providing file storage and synchronization.
Google Drive was made available in April 2012, and aside from giving users the possibility to access and share computer files even from afar, thanks to cloud storage, it also includes an office pack known as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Through this suite, several people can work on the same word files, spreadsheets and presentations, sharing and discussing changes in real-time.
Google Drive relies on carefully maintained and secured data centers so as to host files such as documents, images and videos, but for those servers to operate at top efficiency, every weakness they may have must be promptly identified and addressed, before security is breached and compromised.
As a result, the tech company which has recently re-organized under the Alphabet brand is planning to boost this essential aspect pertaining to Google Drive, so as to ensure that its 240 million monthly active users can access this service without experiencing any privacy issues.
With this aim in mind, Google has already hired a staggering number of 500 experts in privacy and data protection. Also, back in January this year, in a blog post shared by Eduardo Vela Nava, Google security engineer, it was revealed that the Vulnerability Research Grants program had been set up.
The company will be providing sums verging from $500 to $3,133.70 to those who point out potential areas of concern, related not just to Google Drive, but also to Blogger and YouTube.
With this funding, it is hoped that potential security risks that require more attention and examination will be researched and resolved before they turn into full-blown bugs.
Aside from the this measure, the conglomerate’s executives have recently announced that they decided to dedicate $1,000,000 to independent research assessing the file hosting software’s vulnerability when it comes to cyber attacks.
Last but not least, they have also promised to give out up to $20,000 to those who report a relevant and valid security issue.
As explained by Kevin Nelson, Google Drive Product Manager, the purpose is to differentiate this type of virtual storage even more from the traditional way of keeping files on physical drives.
While the service can easily be upgraded and improved so as to boost data confidentiality and increase security, there is no such possibility for hard disk drives.
Up until now, Google Drive has managed to withstand hacking attempts, but its developers are planning to remain even more vigilant in the future, so that customers can safely rely on this service without any apprehensions.
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