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Urs Hözle

SAN FRANCISCO– As more companies move workloads into cloud services, a key problem remains: How to secure data.

Urs Hözle, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure, thinks Google has the advantage over its rivals in that arena because of its other consumer businesses.

Speaking today at GigaOm’s Structure conference in San Francisco, Hözle said that Google has a “huge security team that no other company can afford.”

“And it makes sense for us to do it because of our consumer business,” he added.

Because Google.com is a massive target for hackers and other attackers, Hözle said the company had to build a “battle-tested” security set-up that can then cover companies that use Google Cloud Platform for their various workloads.

Some companies are turning to maintaining their own servers and data centers as a response to security threats from the NSA and others. Hözle said that the private cloud won’t be a safe haven for data.

“If you read any news, physical location isn’t what protects you,” he said.

Instead, Hözle argued that security-conscious companies will turn to public cloud providers like Google in order to better secure their data. His statements echo a similar sentiment from Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, who said earlier this morning that he sees the current security-aware atmosphere as an opportunity to educate customers about the security options available to them in the cloud.

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