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Apple, others to discuss software security concerns during White House visit

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What you need to know

  • Apple will join other tech companies in a White House discussion of software security.
  • Microsoft, Google, and Amazon will be among the attendees.
  • Concerns have been raised following high-profile cyberattacks in the United States.

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more tech companies will take part in a discussion about software security at the White House, according to a new report. The meeting comes after a year that saw multiple high-profile cyberattacks against the United States.

The meeting was set up following a December letter from White Hosue National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, reports Reuters. The letter was prompted by the "discovery of a security vulnerability in open-source software called Log4j that organizations around the world use to log data in their applications."

The main source of concern appears to be the use of open-source software and the fact that it is maintained by volunteers, something seen as a "key national security concern."

Thursday's meeting, which will be 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.

Last year saw multiple attacks, some of which many believe were at the behest of Russia. One such attack, which breached SolawWinds software, gave attackers access to government offices and more. Emails at the U.S. Treasury, Justice and Commerce departments were also reportedly accessed.

Cybersecurity is a hot topic around the world and is high on President Biden's agenda. With some of the biggest technology companies across the United States set to be involved in the meeting it could be quite the get-together.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.