President Joe Biden recently held a meeting with CEOs of the largest tech companies in the world and asked them to help the United States with cybersecurity.
Biden spoke with big-tech leaders including Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
According to Yahoo News, during the meeting Biden said “But the reality is, most of our critical infrastructure owned and operated — is owned and operated by the private sector, and the federal government can’t meet this challenge alone. So I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility, I believe, to raise the bar on cybersecurity.”
Cybersecurity is becoming one of America’s biggest problems and keeps getting worse. In 2020 Russian hackers carried out a massive attack on government systems and even the Department of Defense. There was a hack of the Colonial Pipeline in April which left us with a gas shortage for several days and more will likely happen again.
During the meeting, Microsoft pledged to spend $20 billion to improve their cybersecurity capabilities. They also plan to give $150 million to federal, state, and local governments to help them with their cybersecurity needs.
Google promised to invest $10 billion as well and Amazon said they would give their employees cybersecurity training materials to prevent future issues.