White House officials, including Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberger, are meeting with executives from major tech companies on Thursday, Jan. 13, to discuss major cyberattacks on the country in the past year that involved open source software Log4j and other software, according to Reuters and other media.
Executives from Google, Apple and Amazon will be present, as well as executives from IBM, Microsoft, Meta and Oracle. Government agencies present will include the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce.
The Biden administration has made cybersecurity a top priority after multiple cyberattacks in 2021 exposed government agency records and those held by numerous companies. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan wrote to tech company CEOs in December 2021 after a security flaw was discovered in Log4j, an open-source software that organizations around the world use to log data. data in their applications.
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Sullivan stressed in the letter that the open-source software is a “key national security issue” because it is maintained by volunteers and users can study, modify, and distribute the software and its source code to anyone and anywhere. any end.
The virtual meeting will review concerns about the security of open source software and what can be done to improve it, according to a statement from the White House.
While Log4j is being discussed, the meeting was also prompted by last year’s SolarWinds breach, which was allegedly initiated by Russia. The attack gave hackers access to government officials’ emails from multiple departments and vendor information. There was also an attack in 2020 on the US Treasury Department.
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President Biden last year issued an executive order to launch a review panel along with new software guidelines for government agencies due to the increasing frequency of cyberattacks, according to reports.
The meeting will focus on “what has worked and what can be done to secure the open source software that we all fundamentally rely on,” a senior administration official told reporters.
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