May 20, 2020 / 3:13 PM / 5 days ago

Google Cloud secures U.S. defense department contract

FILE PHOTO: A Google Cloud logo outside of the Google Cloud computing unit's headquarters at the Moffett Place office complex in Sunnyvale, California, U.S., June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google Cloud said on Wednesday it has secured a deal with the United States Department of Defense to help detect and respond to cyber threats.

The deal allows the Defense Innovation Unit to run applications across platforms including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure while being managed through the Google Cloud Console, the company said.

The contract may be in seven figures, online news site Axios reported citing a reply from the company.

Google had earlier made a bid for a $10 billion (£8.15 billion) cloud computing contract with the defense department, which was ultimately awarded to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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