Amazon CEO to join White House cybersecurity meeting

Apple Inc CEO, Tim Cook and Microsoft Corp Chief Executive, Satya Nadella are set to attend White House cybersecurity meeting.

Key Points

  • Amazon Inc Chief Executive, Andy Jassy will join tech executives with President Joe Biden at a White House meeting on August 24, 2021.
  • In the meeting, they will discuss efforts by private companies to improve cybersecurity.
  • Chief executives of other large tech companies, energy companies, banks, and water utilities, including International Business Machines Corp, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Southern Co and JPMorgan Chase have also been invited to attend the meeting.

Background

U.S. President Joe Biden signed a national security memorandum in July 2021 to launch a new public-private initiative in order to create “performance controls” for cybersecurity at critical companies in America like water treatment and electrical power plants. The announcement was made following multiple high-profile cyberattack on American companies and government agencies in 2021.

Cyberattacks

Cyberattack is an offensive act that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, or personal computer devices. Attacker include a person or process that attempts to access data, functions, or other such restricted areas of system without authorization. Cyberattack can be employed by sovereign states, groups, individuals, society or organizations. It may originate from anonymous source. Cyberattack may steal, destroy or alter a specified target by hacking the susceptible system.

Cybersecurity in US

United States provides different tone of voice when it comes to cyberwarfare. It provides security plans strictly against the cyberwarfare. It basically goes defensive when they are attacked by devious cyber methods. Responsibility of cybersecurity is shared between Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Defense.

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