NTIA will convene a meeting of a multistakeholder process on promoting software component transparency on November 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The meeting will be held at the American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006. For further information contact Allan Friedman, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S.
Internet Policy Task Force
Earlier this month, NTIA convened the latest in a series of multistakeholder meetings on software component transparency. For more than a year, stakeholders have been exploring this issue through four working groups established during the July 2018 kickoff meeting. The broader community meets periodically to share progress and encourage feedback through in-person and virtual meetings.
Most modern software is not written completely from scratch, but includes existing components, modules, and libraries from the open source and commercial software world. Modern development practices such as code reuse, and a dynamic IT marketplace with acquisitions and mergers, make it challenging to track the use of software components.
The Internet of Things and the emergence of Cyber-Physical Systems, which integrate computation, networking, and physical processes, compound this phenomenon, as new organizations, enterprises and innovators take on the role of software developer to add “smart” features or connectivity to their products. Although the majority of libraries and components do not have known vulnerabilities, the sheer quantity of software means that some software products ship with vulnerable or out-of-date components.
Remarks of Diane Rinaldo
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Data Privacy Conference USA 2019
September 18, 2019
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Good morning. It’s great to be here at the National Press Club. I was here just last week for NTIA’s annual spectrum policy event. It was a really terrific event, and like today, it’s made all the better because we’re just one block from my office.