Industry Execs Join Obama to talk NIST Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Symantec, Lockheed, MasterCard execs among those invited to talk cybersecurity with Obama

October 29, 2013   |   Inside Cybersecurity

Top executives from Symantec, Lockheed Martin, MasterCard and Bank of America were among those invited to the White House today to talk cybersecurity with President Obama.

The subject of the meeting, which was closed to the press, was the cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure that is being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under an executive order issued by the president in February.

White House guidance said the president and the industry officials would “discuss the importance of cybersecurity, the joint efforts by the Administration and industry to develop the Cybersecurity Framework, and ongoing work to implement the Executive Order to enhance the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure.”

According to a White House spokesman, the meeting — held in the White House situation room — included Steve Bennett, Symantec’s president and chief executive officer, and Renee James, Intel’s president.

Attendees from the defense sector were Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman’s CEO, and Lockheed Martin CEO and President Marilyn Hewson.

Joe Rigby, the chairman of the board, president and CEO of Pepco, represented utilities at the White House meeting. Brian Moynihan was there from Bank of America, where he serves as president and CEO.

Ajay Banja, MasterCard’s president and CEO, and Visa CEO Charles Scharf rounded out the list of attendees.

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday described the meeting as “part of the administration’s ongoing dialogue with the private sector on cybersecurity.” — Dan Dupont (ddupont@iwpnews.com)

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