Google and Microsoft join Biden’s cybersecurity initiative with 30 billion plan
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Google and Microsoft will jointly invest $30 billion in cybersecurity. Other tech companies have also made commitments to improve the digital security of devices and businesses. This is the result of a conversation with US president Biden.
In the next five years, Google will spend 10 billion dollars, to improve security. That money goes towards expanding zero-trust policies at companies, helping to secure software in the company’s supply chain, and encouraging open source security software. The company also wants to train more IT professionals in the next three years.
Microsoft is also funding security. It is worth 20 billion dollars or 17 billion euros for better security of Microsoft’s own security products. Microsoft will also do this over a period of five years. The company also pledges 150 million dollars or 127 million euros to help secure government institutions.
Other companies have also made commitments, but not with money. Amazon will make its internal security training available for free and will distribute hardware tokens free of charge to all AWS end users. IBM is going to train 150,000 people in cyber security. Apple is going to make sure that at least 9,000 of its suppliers receive large-scale training and use multi-factor authentication.
The companies do so following a conversation with US president Joe Biden. He spoke to Google and Microsoft, but also to other tech companies such as Apple and IBM. The discussion focused on cybersecurity and its impact on society. Biden wanted to know from the companies what was possible to improve the security of themselves and society at large.
Biden also came up with various initiatives to improve cybersecurity. The National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US will work with the private sector to develop a more unified security policy and use more open-source software, and several schools and universities will offer courses.