Reps. Budd, Hurd, and Kelly Introduce Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019

Washington D.C. -- Today, U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) released the following statement after introducing the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019.

“IoT devices represent an exciting technology for the American and global consumer. Yet despite the benefits of IoT, we have to also realize the major security risks associated with it. Our own national security agencies have said as much and they recognize IoT as an important cyber and national security threat that needs to be addressed urgently.  That’s what my bill, the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, attempts to do by providing light-touch guidance and security requirements for IoT devices to protect the industry and ultimately the consumer.

“I am particularly grateful to my friends Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) and Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) for their leadership on this bill and on this bipartisan issue. They are forward thinking on this and I’m grateful for their work in this space.”

Rep. Will Hurd:

“Internet of Things devices will improve and enhance nearly every aspect of our society, economy and our day-to-day lives. This is groundbreaking work and IoT devices must be built with security in mind, not as an afterthought,” said Congressman Will Hurd, former computer science major, cybersecurity entrepreneur and Chair of the House Subcommittee on Information Technology. “This bipartisan legislation will make Internet of Things devices more secure and help prevent future attacks on critical technology infrastructure.”

Rep. Robin Kelly:

“As the government continues to purchase and use more and more internet-connected devices, we must ensure that these devices are secure. Everything from our national security to the personal information of American citizens could be vulnerable because of security holes in these devices,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be 30 million internet-connected devices in use. As these devices positively revolutionize communication, we cannot allow them to become a backdoor to hackers or tools for cyberattacks.”

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