The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held hearings January 27th on “The Expanding Cyber Threat.” The subcommittee is under the leadership of new Chairwoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA). Witnesses included Ms. Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy, Symantec Corporation; Dr. James Kurose, Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, National Science Foundation; Dr. Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Dr. Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology, Congressional Research Service; and Mr. Dean Garfield, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council.
Dr. Kurose from theNational Science Foundation emphasized the vulnerability of health information in his testimony. Mr. Romine from NIST described what they are doing focused on health information. Romine said:
“Today NIST’s NCCoE is working with government and industry partners on a number of projects including the Security Exchange of Electronic Health Information. This project focuses on securely exchanging information through the use of mobile devices. NIST plans to publish a practice guide for this project in the near future which will provide members of the technology community the materials list, configuration settings and other information they need to replicate this standards-based security solution.”
Written statements are available here on the Committee website.