Google sets aside $1m in grants to boost security of Drive

Aiming to entice the expertise of independent security researchers, Google has earmarked $1 million (£660,000) in grants to help keep its users' files safe in the cloud-based Google Drive, the company announced in a blog post.

The commitment expands on Google's “experimental” research grant program, introduced in January 2015, aiming to bring into the fold invited experts and reward them for their time whether or not they find vulnerability flaws and efficacy of existing products and newly launched features and services.

That reward program this year provided grants reportedly ranging from $500 to $3,133.70. The blog post didn't indicate if the grant amounts would increase with the renewed commitment to the concept.

Google asked grant recipients not blog about their findings and give the company a chance to fix bugs before making any vulnerabilities public.