Mark Walker

Abstract: IoT Security and OCF: The Role of Standards

Increasing attacks against consumers and the basic functionality of the Internet are driving global governments to increasingly scrutinize the security of IoT devices. Although governments have a role, an industry-led, standards-based approach provides the most viable path to meaningfully increasing the security of IoT devices, given the cross-border, global nature of the challenge and the rapidly evolving nature of the technology and associated threats.  One promising industry effort is the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) that is dedicated to ensuring secure interoperability for connected device communications.


Mark Walker currently holds the position of Director of Technology Policy at CableLabs with a focus on broadband, cybersecurity, and other wireline policy issues and their intersection with new technology development. Prior to joining CableLabs, Mark was the Deputy Chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission.  While at the FCC, Mark also served as a Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau as well as an Attorney Advisor on the E-rate and Rural Health Care teams.  Prior to joining the FCC, he worked in private practice representing clients in telecommunications and other closely regulated industries.  Mark holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State University, an MBA from Lehigh University, and a JD from the University of Colorado.