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Monitoring dark web, new verification tools & certificate courses: Google steps up its cybersecurity game

The Dark Web scan feature will soon be accessible to all Gmail users, having previously only been offered to ‘Google One’ subscribers in the US

Google has declared that it will start monitoring the Dark Web for all Gmail users in the United States before expanding the same service to other countries.

Users of Gmail will now be able to check for the presence of their Gmail address on the Dark Web and receive instructions on how to protect themselves.

The Dark Web scan feature will soon be accessible to all Gmail users, having previously only been offered to ‘Google One’ subscribers in the US.

The company also announced that it would soon make its Dark Web report available in a few other countries.

Jen Fitzpatrick, SVP of Google Core Services, said the business shields Gmail users from roughly 15 billion spam, phishing, and malware messages daily by blocking more than 99.9% of them.

By adding a new view that makes it simpler to segregate and examine your files, select what you might see as spam, and keep safe from potentially unwelcome or abusive information, he said, “We’re now further extending spam protections in Google Drive.”

Like Gmail, Drive will also automatically classify items into a spam view, shielding users from harmful or undesired files.

The business is also introducing a brand-new tool to assist users in determining the validity of visual information they see online.

Users will be able to learn crucial context from the “About this Image” section, including when a particular image or a group of related photos was initially indexed by Google, possibly where it first appeared, and perhaps other online locations such as news, social media, or fact-checking websites.

Recently, Google became the first significant internet corporation to make passkey sign-in available on its platform.

Passkeys combine 2-Step Verification’s (2SV) high level of security with the simplicity of opening the device.

Also, for those interested in cybersecurity as a career, Google has also launched a new cybersecurity certificate designed by its in-house cybersecurity experts.

The Google Cybersecurity Certificate is a free entry-level certification that doesn’t require prior cybersecurity experience. Its coursework covers tools, platforms, and programming languages, along with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS).

According to Google, learning topics will include programming for cybersecurity tasks, frameworks and controls that inform security operations, using security information and event management (SIEM) tools for cybersecurity, detecting and responding to incidents using an intrusion detection system, and performing packet capture and analysis.

Google estimates the free course will take between three to six months to complete.

“Global interest in cybersecurity jobs among job seekers has reached an all-time high on Google Search this year, yet businesses continue to report a large cybersecurity skills gap,” Lisa Gevelber, founder of ‘Grow with Google’, wrote in a statement during the certification course’s release.

“The data is clear: we must create more pathways for people to enter the cybersecurity field and build a lasting career. Google is combining our industry-leading expertise in cybersecurity with our proven approach to training people for in-demand jobs to help create a solution. The Google Cybersecurity Certificate will help businesses fill cybersecurity roles and enable people to earn an industry-recognized credential that will qualify them for a great job,” the statement said further.

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