President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged top CEOs from the tech sector and other industries to do more to improve cybersecurity, as he hosted a meeting with them at the White House on the issue.
“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 start of the meeting.
“I’ve invited you all here today because you have the power and the capacity and the responsibility, I believe, to raise the bar on cybersecurity. And so, ultimately, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
As they meet on Wednesday, government officials and big companies will offer a set of announcements on cybersecurity
related to technology and workforces, according to a senior Biden administration official.
There will be specific commitments and concrete steps, the administration official told reporters on Tuesday, without giving details.
The participating chief executives were expected to include Apple’s
Tim Cook, Microsoft’s
Satya Nadella and Amazon’s
Andy Jassy, who took over last month from Jeff Bezos. Alphabet’s
Bank of America
TIAA, U.S. Bancorp
also were expected be among the companies with CEOs taking part.
Washington is trying to respond to an ongoing barrage of cyberattacks. This year has brought high-profile incidents such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that led to gasoline
shortages in the Southeast, and the massive SolarWinds
hack that affected the networks of multiple government agencies and corporations.
After the president’s discussion with the CEOs, the executives and some educators are due to participate in separate meetings with other administration officials, covering “Critical Infrastructure Resilience,” as well as “Building Enduring Cybersecurity” and the “Cybersecurity Workforce.”