U.S. President Joe Biden plans to meet with Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon CEOs tomorrow

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The U.S. government collaborating with big tech firms isn't exactly something new. Former U.S. President Donald Trump appointed CEOs from multiple companies such as Microsoft, Tesla, Apple, Uber, Alphabet, IBM, and more as his strategic advisors. Many of these companies, including Microsoft, departed from this advisory body following strained relations. Now, it appears that sitting U.S. President Joe Biden wants to mend bridges with big tech firms and has invited numerous CEOs to the White House.

Bloomberg reports that president Biden will be meeting with representatives from tech firms tomorrow. In terms of names we are aware of so far, Tim Cook from Apple, Satya Nadella from Microsoft, and Andy Jassy from Amazon have been invited to the gathering. All three of these are CEOs at their respective firms. Apart from that, Google, IBM, and JPMorgan Chase have also been invited. That said, it's unclear how many of them will actually attend the meeting.

While the exact agenda of this meeting is currently unclear, it's highly likely that cybersecurity and growing digital threats will make up the meat of the discussion. In the past few months or so, we have seen massive cyberattacks on SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, Microsoft Exchange Server, and more.

For its part, Microsoft welcomed the inauguration of Joe Biden as the President of the United States back in November, and stated that bridges need to be built to unite people. In May, the president also signed an executive order urging private companies to collaborate with the government to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity defenses. Microsoft is already leading this initiative with its Zero Trust security models.
 

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Microsoft pledge to spend $20 billion to help secure America
At President Biden’s technology summit today Microsoft committed to spending $20 billion over 5 years to help secure infrastructure in the USA from Cyberattacks.

The money would be spent on delivering more advanced security tools, and $150 million would be directed at helping government agencies to upgrade their security systems and expand cybersecurity training partnerships. Microsoft says they already spend $1 billion per year on cybersecurity.

Pledges from other companies include:

AMAZON
Amazon said it would make its cybersecurity training available to the public for free, and it would give multi-factor authentication devices to some cloud computing customers, starting in October.

IBM
IBM said it will train more than 150,000 people in cybersecurity skills over three years and will partner with historically black colleges and universities to create a more diverse cyber workforce.

GOOGLE
Google said it was devoting $10 billion to cybersecurity over the next five years and it would help 100,000 Americans earn industry-recognized digital skills certificates that could lead to high-paying jobs.

APPLE
Apple said it would work with its suppliers to “drive mass adoption of multi-factor authentication” as well as providing new security trainings, incident response, and vulnerability remediation.

At the event, Biden said the US Government could not secure US infrastructure on its own.

“The reality is, most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and the federal government can’t meet this challenge alone,” Biden said at the meeting.
 
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