The White House will meet with executives from major tech firms including Alphabet-owned Google, Apple and Amazon on Thursday to discuss software security after facing several major cyberattacks in the United States last year.
In December, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan sent a letter to CEOs of tech firms after discovering a security vulnerability in open-source software called Log4j, which is used by organizations around the world to log data into their applications. We do.
In the letter, Sullivan noted that such open source software is widely used and maintained by volunteers and is “a major national security concern”.
Thursday’s meeting, which will be hosted by Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, will discuss concerns about the security of open-source software and how it can be improved, the White House said in a statement. could.
Other top tech companies participating in the meeting will include IBM, Microsoft, Meta Platform 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 in attendance.
Cyber security has been a top priority for the Biden administration after several major cyberattacks last year, which exposed thousands of records from companies and government agencies to hackers.
A hack, which the US government said was possibly 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 from the US Treasury, the Departments of Justice and Commerce, and other agencies.
The increasing frequency and impact of such attacks prompted the administration to issue an executive order last year that created a review board and new software standards for government agencies.
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