President Joe Biden described cybersecurity as a “core national security challenge” as he met with leaders on Wednesday from the private sector to discuss national cyber defenses and form a strategy for how to improve security. The White House summit included chief executives from various industries including technology, financial services, insurance, energy and education and addressed critical infrastructure resilience, building enduring cybersecurity and the cybersecurity workforce.
Biden met with Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, IBM and ADP, and CEOs from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, TIAA and U.S. Bancorp. The White House said that Coalition, Vantage Group, Resilience and Travelers insurance companies also attended the summit, along with creative education leaders from Code.org, the University of Texas system, Tougaloo College, Girls Who Code and Whatcom Community College.
Following the meeting, the White House announced the National Institute of Standards and Technology will work with members of the industry to develop a framework to improve the security and integrity of the technology supply chain. The Biden administration also said it will expand the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative to include natural gas pipelines.