Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the White House will host a meeting Wednesday afternoon between President Joe Biden and some of the country’s largest tech companies. According to those sources, the CEOs of Microsoft, Amazon and Apple have confirmed their presence. Other major companies, including Google, IBM, Southern Company and JP Morgan, have been invited.
The meeting aims to address this year’s surge in ransomware, online attacks and data breaches. While we don’t know the exact agenda, a senior official familiar with the event said discussions to strengthen supply chain security are likely, and there will likely be a focus on software-driven solutions.
Notable security breaches that Biden and the tech CEOs can discuss include, but are not limited to:
- This month’s T-Mobile server breach, which exposed up to 100 million Americans personal data
- The massive Kaseya ransomware attack in July, which initially targeted a management tool rather than the end victims themselves
- A months-long Geico breach exposing customers’ driver’s license numbers, addresses, dates of birth, etc.
- A misconfigured Experian API that leaked credit scores of tens of millions of Americans
- An attack in May that knocked down the colonial pipeline, disrupting fuel distribution across the US eastern coast
- March attacks targeting small businesses, cities and local governments via Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities
- Sim-swapping attacks on T-Mobile customers in February, due to one or more of the company’s previous breaches
- The December attack on SolarWinds’ supply chain, which itself compromised server management tools
Bloomberg’s sources only mentioned CEOs, so it’s unclear if the invited companies’ CISOs are also participating.
Neither the White House nor any of the companies mentioned have responded to press requests for comment.