Cybersecurity, big tech promise Biden an investment plan

Commitments during a summit at the White House: investments of 30 billion from Microsoft and Google. Apple focuses on 2-factor authentication, Amazon on training

Big Tech representatives received at the White House. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

At the end of a meeting held on 25 August at the White House with the American president Joe Biden e the managing directors of the largest technology companies in the country, Google and Microsoft they promised to invest a total of 30 billion dollars to strengthen the IT security over the next five years. Google will put 10 billion and Microsoft 20 on the plate, but the others present have also assured their commitment against the dangers of cyberspace.

The meeting on Wednesday was attended by the CEO of Alphabet (the Google holding company) Sundar Pichai, the counterpart of Amazon Andy Jassy, ​​the number one of Apple Tim Cook, the president of IBM Arvind Krishna and the one of Microsoft Satya Nadella, along with representatives from other sectors such as energy and education. The meeting comes in the wake of several and important ones cyber attacks which in recent months have struck government agencies Americans, energy infrastructure and many companies. “The reality is that most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and the federal government he cannot face this challenge aloneBiden said.
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The commitments of tech companies

According to a note from the White House Microsoft will make it available immediately 150 million dollars “In technical services to help federal, state and local governments improve security protection” and will expand partnerships “With community colleges and non-profit organizations for information security training”.

Google reported that he will work on software supply chain security and also promised to train more than 100,000 Americans in data analysis and IT support through the certificate program. Apple announced that it will work with its suppliers for amass adoption of two-factor authentication, as well as providing new training on security, incident response, and vulnerability remediation.

Also Amazon promised he will offer for free internal company training in terms of security also to the public and will make a multi-factor authentication device accessible to all Amazon Web Service account holders. Other organizations, including Ibm, have planned to expand their cyber defense offerings into the public and private sectors.

In the first part of 2021 cyber attacks have multiplied, above all ransomware type, those in which criminals demand a ransom to unlock a system. One of the most serious episodes of this type is the one that affected theAmerican Colonial Pipeline, cutting off fuel supplies to most of the east coast of the United States for days. He was paid for it to become operational again a $ 5 million ransom.

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