White House to Host Cybersecurity Conference

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On Wednesday, the Biden administration will host a cybersecurity conference at the White House, with more than two dozen executives from major organizations from a range of sectors. The event is meant to serve as a “call to action” to confront growing cyber threats, The Hill reported.

The CEOs of tech giants such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, IBM, and Microsoft, as well as the leaders of large financial institutions such as Bank of America and JPMorgan, will attend the summit with President Biden, according to a senior official of the president’s administration.

Numerous energy and water organizations will be involved, with Duke Energy, PG&E, and Southern Company executives expected to participate. The CEOs of insurance broker Travelers and the University of Texas system are among the participants from the insurance and education spheres.

Top White House officials such as National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly, and Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, are slated to attend the conference.

The meeting will end around Wednesday afternoon, according to a senior administration official, following which Biden will receive a “readout” and a string of serious measures will be revealed.

The conference comes after a series of big cybersecurity events over the last few months. The SolarWinds breach, which was uncovered in December and involves Russian government-backed hackers compromising nine federal agencies and 100 private sector organizations for most of 2020, was one of these. For the April attack, Biden imposed sanctions on Russia.

Furthermore, malware cyberattacks have been more prevalent in the last year, with attacks on government agencies, hospitals, and schools becoming more regular.

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