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

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.

“Strong 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. It undermines the integrity of internet infrastructure and introduces more risk, not less, to national interests. Creating a “back door” into encryption means creating opportunity for more people with nefarious intentions to harm us. Back doors into encryption will not address advanced threat actors who pose a material threat to our security. Sophisticated adversaries and criminals would not knowingly use methods they know law enforcement could access, particularly when foreign encryption is readily available. Therefore, any perceived gains from Exceptional Access are overestimated,” 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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