Industry Leaders Attend White House Cybersecurity Meeting

President Joe Biden and representatives from the commercial and education sectors discussed commitments and initiatives to counter cybersecurity threats at a meeting held Wednesday at the White House.

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The Biden administration has expanded the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative to include natural gas pipelines and announced a National Institute of Standards and Technology-led initiative to create a new framework to enhance the technology supply chain’s security and integrity in collaboration with industry and other partners, the White House said Wednesday.

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Google, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) announced programs and commitments to improving cybersecurity.

Microsoft pledged to invest $20 billion over the next five years to advance efforts to deliver advanced security platforms and integrate cybersecurity by design, while Google announced a $10 billion investment to improve open-source security, advance software supply chain security and broaden zero-trust initiatives.

IBM said it will provide cybersecurity training to 150,000 individuals over the next three years and work with over 20 historically black colleges and universities to form cybersecurity leadership centers as part of cyber workforce development efforts.

Cyber insurance providers Resilience and Coalition, Code.org, Girls Who Code, University of Texas System and Whatcom Community College also announced cybersecurity-related programs and commitments.

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