After meeting with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, tech companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft pledged to support US cybersecurity. These pledges can vary from company to company, but include spending billions of dollars on cyber infrastructure and offering supply-chain assistance and education.
This high-profile meeting of tech CEOs takes place on Wednesday, just days after major cyberattacks against US government offices and energy infrastructure such as the Colonial Pipeline.
This challenge can't be met by the federal government alone
Biden stated Wednesday that most of our critical infrastructure is owned or operated by the private sector and that the federal government cannot meet this challenge alone.
Apple stated that it will work with its suppliers in order to promote multi-factor authentication and provide new security trainings, incident resolution, vulnerability remediation, as well as assist customers in implementing multi-factor authentication. Amazon will offer multi-factor authentication devices to all Amazon Web Services account holders free of charge and all company security awareness training to the public for no cost.
Google stated that it will spend more than $10B over the next five year to strengthen US cybersecurity, and the supply chain for software. Through its Career Certificate program, Google promised to train more that 100,000 Americans in data analysis and IT support. Microsoft made similar promises to Google by promising $20 billion investment over five years.
On Wednesday, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy and Apple CEO TIm cook attended the meeting. Satya Nadella was also present along with representatives of other industries such as energy, education, and IBM Chair and CEO Arvind Krsna.