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First NTIA Multistakeholder Meeting on IoT Security to Coincide with CTA Technology & Standards Forum

Arlington, VA  – September 19, 2016 – 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ said today that it is pleased that the first meeting of the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) multistakeholder process to improve the Internet of Things (IoT) security and upgradability will coincide with the CTA Technology & Standards Forum in Austin, TX, in October. In a notice published today in the Federal Register announcing the meeting, NTIA said the meeting's goal is to promote security and transparency in the patching and upgrading of IoT devices and applications, while developing definitions that will allow consumers to understand IoT security upgrades.

"We're thrilled that NTIA's first multistakeholder meeting on IoT security will coincide with our Technology & Standards Forum," said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, research and standards, Consumer Technology Association. "Both the public and private sectors are working hard to address IoT security, and having all the stakeholders together will  present an important opportunity to share perspectives and collaborate. As more of our everyday devices become connected and more of us embrace the IoT's potential, the importance of these coordinated efforts to ensure IoT stability and security will only grow." 

The announced meeting underscores CTA's longtime leadership in advancing the adoption of IoT, from developing standards for home and building integration to producing studies on its environmental benefits. According to the latest CTA forecast, rising adoption of IoT products and technologies is helping to drive the U.S. consumer technology industry to $286.6 billion in retail revenues in 2016. IoT-related products including wearables (up 40 percent from 2015), smart home technology (up 29 percent) and digital assistant devices (up 32 percent) will see significant sales growth in 2016.

The CTA Technology & Standards Forum will take place Oct. 18-20, 2016 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. This year's forum will feature a series of panel discussions on security, privacy and the IoT as well as presentations from the FIDO Alliance, the Internet Society, the Online Trust Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group. The event keynote address will be delivered by Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer of the Internet Society, who will discuss collaborative security and the IoT.

People interested in attending the CTA Technology & Standards Forum can register through CTA's website, while those interested in attending the NTIA IoT Security meeting can register through NTIA's website