White Home will meet execs from Apple, Amazon, IBM to debate software program safety By Reuters

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©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cybercode is projected onto him in this illustrative image taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

By Nandita Bose

(Reuters) – The White House is set to meet Thursday with executives from leading technology companies including Alphabet-owned Google (NASDAQ:), Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) to discuss software security after the United States to discuss Over the past year, states have faced several major cyberattacks.

In December, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a letter to the CEOs of tech companies after discovering a vulnerability in the open-source software called Log4j, which organizations around the world use to store data in their applications to log.

In the letter, Sullivan noted that such open-source software is widely used and maintained by volunteers and poses an “important national security concern.”

Thursday’s meeting, moderated by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber ​​and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberger, will discuss concerns about the security of open-source software and how to improve it, the White House said in a statement .

Other top tech companies attending the gathering include IBM (NYSE:), microsoft corp (NASDAQ:), Meta Platforms Inc, which owns Facebook (NASDAQ:), and Oracle Corp (NYSE:). Government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce will also be in attendance.

After several major cyberattacks over the past year that exposed thousands of corporate and government agency records to hackers, cybersecurity has been a top priority for the Biden administration.

A hack that the US government said was likely orchestrated by Russia violated SolarWinds software and gave hackers access to thousands of companies and government agencies that were using its products. The hackers gained access to emails from the US Treasury Department, the Department of Justice and Commerce and other agencies.

The increasing frequency and impact of such attacks prompted the administration last year to issue an executive order creating a review board and new software standards for government agencies.

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