Biden calls on tech companies to bolster U.S. cybersecurity

US President Joe Biden met with the heads of American high-tech companies, during which he called on them to strengthen the cybersecurity of the country’s critical infrastructure and economy. Among those invited to the meeting were the heads of Apple, Alphabet, Amazon.com, Microsoft, IBM, JPMorgan Chase.

According to President Biden, while “the technologies we rely on – from mobile phones to pipelines and power grids – can be targeted by hackers and criminals,” “the number of cybersecurity professionals has not grown enough to successfully fend off” these attacks. … Citing estimates from tech companies themselves and government figures, the president noted that about half a million cybersecurity jobs remain unemployed. But given that much of the most critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private companies, the federal government, the president said, cannot handle the challenge of cybersecurity alone. In this connection, this meeting was organized.

In more detail, the president and heads of companies discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the government and the private sector in the field of cybersecurity behind closed doors. However, according to Bloomberg, following the meeting, the companies made statements with specific commitments.

So, Google has promised to invest more than $ 10 billion over three years in the development of programs for cybersecurity, as well as to retrain 100 thousand Americans in information technology support and analytics programs. Apple has pledged to launch a supply chain security improvement program. IBM intends to train more than 150,000 cybersecurity specialists within three years. Microsoft has allocated $ 150 million to provide technical assistance to federal and local governments to strengthen computer security. In addition, the company has pledged to expand its cybersecurity training programs. Microsoft will also invest $ 20 billion over five years to integrate cybersecurity into its developments. Amazon will conduct a campaign to educate and educate its employees to protect sensitive information from cyber attacks.

Alena Miklashevskaya

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