Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework

February 4, 2015

253 Senate Russell Office Building

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene for a full committee hearing, “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework” on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The hearing will examine potential next steps for the public and private sectors, and for Congress, on the issue of cybersecurity, as well as progress by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in implementing its February 2014, “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”

“There is no quick fix to guard against cyber threats,” said Thune in calling the hearing. “Real progress can be made by continuing to enhance public-private cooperation and improving cyber-threat information sharing. This hearing is part of a continued bipartisan effort to make it more difficult for dangerous hackers, criminals, and malicious state actors in our increasingly Internet-based society.”

The Commerce Committee held two hearings in the 113th Congress on NIST’s role in cybersecurity. After a decade without major cybersecurity legislation, five cybersecurity bills were signed into law in December 2014. This group included the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-274/S. 1353), originally introduced by Sens. Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Thune as the Cybersecurity Act of 2013. That law ensures a voluntary and industry-led framework with NIST’s continued involvement, and also  includes provisions for research, development and education to help improve our nation’s cyber defenses.  

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Full Committee Hearing entitled:  “Building a More Secure Cyber Future: Examining Private Sector Experience with the NIST Framework”

10:00 a.m. in room SR-253


For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:

         Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

         Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421

         Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548

         Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.



Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Bill Nelson

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. Charles Romine

    Director of the Information Technology Laboratory
    National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Romine testimony (75.24 KB)
  • Ms. Ann M. Beauchesne

    Vice President
    National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Paul N. Smocer

    President of BITS
    Financial Services Roundtable
    Smocer testimony (261.01 KB)
  • Mr. Jefferson H. England

    Chief Financial Officer
    Silver Star Communications
    England testimony (143.44 KB)
  • Dr. James Lewis

    Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program
    Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Lewis testimony (109.83 KB)