Major technology companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft pledged to help strengthen cybersecurity in the U.S. on Wednesday after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House.
Wednesday’s high-profile meeting with tech CEOs follows major cyberattacks on U.S. government agencies and energy infrastructure such as the Colonial Pipeline.
Apple promised to work with its suppliers to “drive mass adoption of multi-factor authentication,” promising to provide new security training, error response, and vulnerability fixing.
Amazon committed to offer a free multifactor authentication device to all Amazon Web Services account holders and to make all security awareness training for the tech giant’s employees available to the public free of charge.
Google pledged to spend more than $10 billion over the next five years to improve cybersecurity and the software supply chain in the U.S. and to train more than 100,000 Americans in data analysis and IT support through the company’s Career Certification Program.
Microsoft stated that it would invest $20 billion over five years, with similar commitments to Google.
The high-profile meeting on Wednesday was attended by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM Chair and CEO Arvind Krishna, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, as well as representatives from key industries such as energy and education.
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