White House meets with Apple, Amazon and IBM to discuss software security

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White House meets with Apple, Amazon and IBM to discuss software security

The White House will meet on Thursday with executives from top tech companies, including Google, Apple and Amazon, to discuss software security after the United States suffered multiple cyberattacks in the past year.

In December, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan sent a letter to CEOs of technology companies following the discovery of a vulnerability in open-source software called Log4j, which organizations around the world use to log data. in your apps.

In the letter, Sullivan noted that this open source software is widely used and maintained by volunteers and is a “key national security concern.”

The meeting, which will be hosted by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber ​​and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger, will discuss security concerns for open source software and how it can be improved.

Other big technology companies present at the meeting will include IBM, Microsoft, Meta — which owns Facebook — and Oracle. Government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce will also be present.

Cybersecurity has been a top priority for the Biden administration after several major cyber attacks exposed thousands of records held by companies and government agencies to hackers.

One attack, which the government said was likely orchestrated by Russia, breached software made by SolarWinds and gave hackers access to thousands of companies and government offices that used its products. The hackers gained access to emails at the Treasury, Justice and Commerce departments and other agencies.

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