RSA To Testify Before House Energy and Commerce Committee on The Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement

"Good encryption is the basis for good cyber security; if we lower the bar there, we expose ourselves even further to those that would do us harm."



WHO: Amit Yoran President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC

WHAT: Testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing “Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement”

WHERE: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. ET, April 19, 2016

RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today announced that at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Amit Yoran, President at RSA, will testify at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, on a panel of invited experts. The hearing will examine the latest issues surrounding “Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement."  Just last month, Yoran discussed this matter as part of an invited panel at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin.

“Good encryption is the basis for good cyber security; if we lower the bar there, we expose ourselves even further to those that would do us harm. Exceptional Access increases complexity and introduces new vulnerabilities we may have yet to fully understand. It means purposefully undermining the integrity of internet infrastructure that we all seek to make safe, and instead introducing more risk to national interests, not less. Creating a “back door” into all encryption for law enforcement means creating opportunity for a much broader set of people with nefarious intentions to harm us. Back doors into encryption will not address advanced threat actors who pose material threat to our security. Sophisticated adversaries and criminals would not knowingly use methods they knew law enforcement could access,” said Amit Yoran, President of RSA.

With over 20 years in cyber security, Amit is one of RSA’s foremost security executives.  He served as the national cyber czar in the Bush 43 Administration and on the Commission on Cyber Security advising the 44th Presidency.  A true security pioneer he has also founded, led and sold two major security companies in the industry, Riptech, acquired by Symantec and NetWitness, acquired by RSA.  Amit serves as a director and advisor to security startups and on several industry advisory boards.

Testimony Details
The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 19 at 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. A live stream of the hearing will be available at

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