WASHINGTON — The chief executives of Apple, Microsoft and Amazon plan to attend a White House meeting with President Joe Biden on Wednesday to discuss private companies’ efforts to improve cybersecurity after a sharp rise in hacker attacks since last year, including ransomware, that demand ransom.
Representatives of major banks and energy companies were also invited to attend the meeting.
Senior Silicon Valley executives, including Apple’s Tim Cook; Andy Gacy from Amazon; Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Google’s Sundar Pichai are expected to attend the White House meeting, according to a list of attendees shared by a US administration official.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Brian Moynihan, president of Bank of America, are also expected to be among other representatives from the financial sector.
The first high-level meeting
Wednesday’s summit is Biden’s first high-level meeting as president with the private sector to discuss cybersecurity.
The executives plan to discuss efforts by critical infrastructure entities, including those in the banking, energy, and water sectors, to improve cybersecurity and government cooperation.
Senior White House officials have said for months that the problem is a shared responsibility between government and industry — particularly those responsible for operating the country’s critical infrastructure.
Big tech executives are also likely to discuss how the program can increase security in the supply chain, according to a source familiar with the event.
According to the source, Southern CEO Tom Fanning plans to attend. But the company declined to comment. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM and JP Morgan also declined to comment.
In the early months of his administration, Biden identified hacker attacks as a major national security concern after a devastating Russian spying operation, revealed in the final months of the Trump administration, that ravaged at least a dozen federal agencies and 100 American companies.
The meeting with Biden comes in the wake of cyber-attacks and ransomware on critical energy infrastructures, Including the Colonia lPipeline pipeline, which operates the largest gas pipeline in the United States..
Microsoft and SolarWinds have also been targeted by Russian and Chinese hacker attacks. JBS’s Brazilian operations in the United States have also been hacked.
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