This Week in Tech: Lawmakers take on cybersecurity

It’s going to be a busy week for cybersecurity, after a digital intrusion at HealthCare.gov raised new alarms on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing to explore cybersecurity and terrorism for Wednesday morning. Intelligence and digital security officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Counterterrorism Center and the FBI will testify.

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Committee Chairman Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperLobbying World Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder MORE (D-Del.) last week called the intrusion into HealthCare.gov “deeply troubling.” The hack did not result in any user’s information being stolen and occurred on a test server but appeared to be launched from a foreign country. 

Carper said the incident “underscores the scary reality of how much of a target our sensitive information has become in cyberspace.”

Both the FBI and DHS were involved in investigating the ObamaCare site breach, and lawmakers could question officials about whether or not government systems are as safe as they need to be.

Also on Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is set to take the stage at a summit on protecting financial information from hackers.

The event is a joint effort by retail and financial services industries that have often sparred in the past but are joining forces to press for stronger cyber protections. Financial Services Roundtable CEO Tim Pawlenty and senior executives from Wal-mart, MasterCard and retail and hotel trade groups are also scheduled to speak.

Later that afternoon, the House Armed Services Committee is probing ways that the military can take advantage of cyber resources.

On Tuesday, a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee is holding a hearing to explore the DHS’s main research and development arm.

On Wednesday, the committee will hold a hearing examining ways to explore the solar system, focusing on a bill from Reps. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerHouse extends Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions MORE (D-Wash.) that would create property rights for exploring asteroids.

Also that day, activist groups and Web companies including Mozilla, Etsy, Demand Progress and Engine Advocacy are launching a protest to raise support for strong net neutrality rules. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in its second round of comments for a proposal that seeks to ban Comcast, Cox and other Internet companies from treating users differently depending on which websites they visit.

The coalition is launching an “Internet Slowdown” to encourage companies to use a “loading” symbol that will not actually slow down their traffic but will represent their fears about a slower Web. The FCC has received more than 1.2 million comments on its plan, a spokesperson said, the most of any regulatory process.

On Thursday, the Atlantic is holding a forum on technology in education featuring Rep. Anna Eshoo, (D-Calif.) ranking member of a technology subcommittee, as well as White House technology advisor John Holdren.

Virginia Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBipartisan senators urge national security adviser to appoint 5G coordinator Hillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Klobuchar unveils plan to secure elections as president MORE (D) and his opponent Ed Gillespie (R) were set to take part in a town hall on technology Monday morning in suburban Reston, Va.

Starting Wednesday, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a three-day conference on regulating the broadband Internet market, featuring a number of academic, government and think tank voices.

On Friday, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) legal authority for collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is scheduled to expire. Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyMichelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Vt.) has a bill to end that program, but it could take weeks for him to convince Senate leaders to put this bill on the calendar.

In the meantime, the Obama administration is likely to ask for a secretive federal surveillance court to renew the agency’s powers.