While most people expect the Big Tech companies to be telling Biden what he was supposed to do next, the meeting is officially to discuss software security after the United States suffered several major cyberattacks last year.
In December, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sent a letter to chief executives of tech firms after discovering a security vulnerability in open-source software called Log4j that organisations worldwide use to log data in their applications.
In the letter, Sullivan noted that such open-source software is broadly used and maintained by volunteers and is a “key national security concern.”
Today’s meeting, hosted by deputy national security advisor for cyber & emerging technology, Anne Neuberger, will discuss concerns around the security of open-source software and how it can be improved, the White House said in a statement.
Government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Commerce Department, will attend.
It is unclear why they are asking proprietary software firms to improve Open-Source solutions as only IBM and Microsoft have experience with that as most of them peddle proprietary options. It is also weird that they are asking Apple’s opinion on security and open source.