An Unprecedented Onslaught
Cybersecurity has been in the headlines more than ever in recent months thanks to the Russian foreign intelligence service attack against the SolarWinds Orion network monitoring platform, the Chinese compromise of Microsoft Exchange on-premises servers, and high-profile ransomware attacks against natural gas supplier Colonial Pipeline, meatpacking giant JBS Foods, technology supplier Kaseya and IT consulting giant Accenture.
These attacks prompted President Joe Biden Wednesday to hold a meeting with top executives from tech, finance, insurance, education, and critical infrastructure, including: ADP President and CEO Carlos Rodriguez; Amazon CEO Andy Jassy; Apple CEO Tim Cook; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet; IBM Chair and CEO Arvind Krishna; and Microsoft Chair and CEO Satya Nadella.
At the meeting, Biden provided an update on last month’s National Security Memorandum that outlined the administration’s expectations for owners and operators of critical infrastructure. To date, Biden said the initiative has already improved the cybersecurity of more than 150 electric utilities that serve 90 million Americans. And on Wednesday, the initiative was expanded to address natural gas pipelines.
Coming out of the meeting late Wednesday afternoon, several participants announced cybersecurity commitments and initiatives. From training and technology to supply chain initiatives and open-source security, here’s what Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft committed to do to strengthen America’s security posture.