Apple, Google and Amazon CEOs visit the White House for a discussion on cybersecurity

Apple, Google and Amazon CEOs visit the White House for a discussion on cybersecurity

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  • “Most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and the federal government can’t meet this challenge alone,” Biden said during a brief comment at the start of the meeting. “I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity and the responsibility, I believe, to raise the bar on cybersecurity.” The government and business leaders made announcements in key areas that build on the administration’s efforts to shore up the nation’s cybersecurity. The tech CEOs also met with members of Biden’s cabinet to look at ways to build more-enduring cybersecurity, while other executives will focus on critical infrastructure and the cybersecurity workforce.

  • Apple’s Tim Cook, IBM’s Arvind Krishna, and Amazon’s Andy Jassy were among those in attendance. Among those who attended the White House cybersecurity discussion were Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. According to a senior administration official, the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday to explore how the government and private sector might collaborate to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity.

In a press release, the White House said the National Institute of Standards and Technology “will collaborate with industry and other partners to develop a new framework to improve the security and integrity of the technology supply chain.” Microsoft, Google and IBM are among the companies who have pledged to participate in the initiative. At the meeting, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the search giant will invest more than $10 billion over the next five years in cybersecurity. The effort will include helping to secure the supply chain and strengthening open-source security. The investment will also expand “zero-trust” programs, in which organizations don’t automatically trust any person or device when it comes to cybersecurity.

IBM also made a handful of announcements at the meeting. The company will train more than 150,000 people in cybersecurity skills over the next three years, CEO Arvind Krishna said in a post on LinkedIn. Krishna also called for establishing voluntary public reporting standards on cybersecurity practices.

Google also pledged to train 100,000 Americans in tech support and data analytics through its Google Career Certificate program. In addition, the company will train over 10 million Americans in basic to advanced digital skills by 2023. “We welcomed the opportunity to participate in President Biden’s White House Cyber Security Meeting today, and appreciated the chance to share our recommendations to advance this important agenda,” Kent Walker, Google’s Senior Vice President of Global Affairs, said in a blog post announcing the new initiatives. “The meeting comes at a timely moment, as widespread cyberattacks continue to exploit vulnerabilities targeting people, organizations, and governments around the world.”

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