Yesterday, the US President tasked the leaders of the largest information technology companies with discussing what can be done against the increasing pressure from cyberspace.
The President of the United States met with leaders of the country’s most influential IT companies for a cybersecurity meeting at the White House yesterday. As a result of the discussion, representatives of big technology made a number of serious commitments to reduce the country’s exposure to harmful actions from the Internet.
The topic is very hot, as hacking scandals bigger than bigger have appeared on the assembly line in the recent past and, in more than one case, have been carried out with the support of a foreign government. Without wanting to be exhaustive, examples include a SolarWinds hack, a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, or a recent action through Kaseya’s IT vendor tool.
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Joe Biden It considers that the federal government alone is not in a position to adequately address these threats, as much of the critical infrastructure is privately owned or operated. This is why he believes that broader cooperation is needed.
Yesterday’s meeting was formal, among other things, for the management of Apple Tim Cook, the leader of the alphabet (hence Google) Sundar Pichai And the newly appointed Amazon CEO, Andy Gacy. IBM and Microsoft were also invited. In addition to a representative from the IT sector, representatives from the financial sector, such as senior management of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, also appeared. To demonstrate their commitment, the majority of participants made large “presentations” during the discussion.
For its part, Microsoft has withdrawn a five-year, $20 billion cybersecurity development program. This means that Redmond will spend nearly four times as much on IT security in the future. The company also pledged $150 million to ensure protection systems in place everywhere, from municipalities to federal agencies, are up to date.
Google will also donate $10 billion over five years to a series of cybersecurity initiatives. This includes expanding mistrust software, increasing security in the software supply chain, and developing open source security systems. The company will also seek to train 100,000 Americans focused on digital skills. And IBM has promised just like that, as it plans to provide cybersecurity education to 150,000 people over the next three years.
The importance of coaching is shown by the fact that after the discussion, Amazon also promises to be active on this topic. The company provides its cybersecurity training for free and provides tools for multi-factor authentication to AWS customers.
Apple launches a new program focused on the supply chain. As part of this, it will work with its vendor partners to deploy a broad, multi-factor identification to protect against certain types of attacks, but has also been added to the to-do list to enhance security training and improve incident management.