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Matthew J. Eggers
Matthew J. Eggers is executive director for cybersecurity policy in the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Eggers also leads the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which focuses on developing and advocating the Chamber’s cyber policies before Congress, the administration, and the business community.
He handles homeland and national security issues, such as cybersecurity, chemical security, and pandemics, on behalf of the Chamber’s approximately 200 National Security Task Force members.
Eggers guides the Protecting America’s Cyber Networks Coalition, a partnership of 50 leading business associations representing nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, on policy development and media outreach. In the 114th Congress, the Chamber led industry’s efforts to pass cybersecurity information-sharing legislation—the top cyber policy priority of the coalition.
In 2015, Eggers was chosen by The Christian Science Monitor to be a Passcode Influencer, the Monitor’s section covering news and ideas about cybersecurity and digital privacy. In addition, he testifies before Congress regarding industry’s perspectives on cybersecurity legislation.
Eggers is the author of Internet Security Essentials for Business 2.0, a Chamber publication to help business owners, managers, and employees adopt effective cybersecurity practices to reduce network weaknesses and make the price of hacking increasingly steep for their adversaries. He and Chamber colleagues are spearheading an education and awareness campaign—Improving Today, Protecting Tomorrow™—to help businesses start a cybersecurity program or improve an existing one. Eggers wrote It’s Not Flu as Usual: An H1N1 Business Preparedness Guide.
Before joining the Chamber in 2007, Eggers was director of public policy at B&D Consulting (now FaegreBD Consulting), a government affairs firm. For nearly a decade, he developed and executed legislative and appropriations initiatives for clients. Earlier in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill for House members on the Appropriations and Homeland Security committees.
Eggers is a graduate of the executive leaders programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Naval Postgraduate School, specializing in cybersecurity and homeland defense, respectively. He earned his M.A. in international commerce and public policy from George Mason University and his B.A. in history and political science from Indiana University. Eggers resides in Virginia with his wife and children.
Moving it to the president’s desk should be the only thing about the bill that isn’t voluntary.
The recent cyber thefts affecting retailers and banks are high-profile examples of an ongoing and pernicious problem that require a broad industry response, in close cooperation with law enforcement and homeland security officials.
NIST has treated the business community as a genuine partner and tackled a tough assignment in ways that should serve as a model for other agencies and departments.