Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM and Meta Executives discuss software security in the White House

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The White House will meet executives from leading tech companies, including Google, Apple and Amazon, owned by Alphabet, on Thursday to discuss software security after the United States suffered several major cyberattacks last year.

In December, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a letter to the executives of technology companies after a vulnerability was discovered in the Log4j open source software that companies around the world use to log data in their applications .

In the letter, Sullivan noted that such open source software is widely used and maintained by volunteers and is a “major national security problem”.

Thursday’s meeting, hosted by Assistant National Security Advisor on Cyber ​​and New Technologies Anne Neuberger, will discuss concerns about the security of open source software and how to improve it, the White House said in a statement.

Other leading technology companies attending the meeting include IBM, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, which includes Facebook and Oracle. Government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and Department of Commerce will also be present.

Cybersecurity is a top priority for the Biden administration after several major cyberattacks over the past year that resulted in thousands of records from corporate and government agencies being exposed to hackers.

A hack, which the US government said was likely orchestrated by Russia, broke SolarWinds software and gave hackers access to thousands of companies and government agencies that used its products. The hackers gained access to emails from the US Treasury Department, the Department of Justice and Commerce, and other agencies.

The increasing frequency and impact of such attacks led the government to issue an executive order last year that provided for a review body and new software standards for government agencies.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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