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Senate Commerce Schedules IoT Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee Security Subcommittee will hold an April 30 hearing on cybersecurity related to the internet of things (IoT). The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

The hearing will look at both threats and was to incentivize cybersecurity by design for connected devices and networks, as well as 5G cybersecurity.

Witnesses for the hearing (subject to change): Michael Bergman, Vice President, Technology & Standards, Consumer Technology Association

Mr. Matthew Eggers, Vice President, Cybersecurity Policy, U.S Chamber of Commerce; Harley Geiger, director of public policy, Rapid7; Robert Mayer, SVP for cybersecurity, USTelecom–The Broadband Association; Charles Romine, director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology.

A bipartisan, bicameral bill is being introduced Monday (March 11), the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, to try to get at Hill concerns over network and telecom security.

The bill would require the government to make sure that any devices it purchases meet minimum security requirements.

Also last month, CTIA, the wireless internet association, certified the first IoT device under its Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Device Program.

The CTIA certification verifies the devices security features against a set of best practices on everything from the storage of consumers’ information and password and security management, to "standards and the availability of an over-the-air mechanism for security software."

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.