Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: October 3, 2017 2:00 pm 2247 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:

  • To examine the use of devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) and their current and potential uses in federal government. 
  • To explore potential cyber threats posed by the use of IoT devices. 
  • To review private sector recommendations for securing the IoT, and explore potential legislative solutions.  

BACKGROUND:

  • The term IoT refers to products that can be connected to a network or internet.  
  • By the year 2020, the number of internet-connected devices is estimated to exceed 20 billion.
  • These devices include WiFi-enabled thermostats, smart fridges, sensors, and machine components. Additionally, industries deploying IoT devices include agriculture, defense, energy, health care, manufacturing, and transportation. 
  • While the federal government invests in a number of IoT products to improve facilities and reduce costs, there is no industry-wide security standard to ensure the government is purchasing secure IoT devices. 

 

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Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Matthew J. Eggers Executive Director, Cybersecurity Policy U.S. Chamber of Commerce Document
Mr. Josh Corman Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative Atlantic Council Document
Mr. Tommy Ross Senior Director of Policy The Software Alliance Document
Mr. Ray O'Farrell Chief Technology Officer WMware Document