WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) spoke at a White House event announcing the launch of the U.S. Cybersecurity Labeling Program for Consumer Technology. Through this program, consumer products that meet specific cybersecurity requirements will be labeled with the U.S. Cyber Trust Mark shield, helping Americans easily identify household products that are safer and less vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The program follows ongoing efforts by Rep. Lieu and Senator Ed Markey to improve the cybersecurity of internet of things technology. First introduced in 2017, and again this term, “The Cyber Shield Act” by Lieu and Markey would establish an advisory committee of cybersecurity experts from academia, industry, consumer advocates, government and the public to create cybersecurity benchmarks for IoT devices – such as baby monitors, home assistants, smart locks, cameras, cell phones, and laptops. Companies that meet those benchmarks would be granted a voluntary cyber shield label.
“I am pleased the White House is taking an important step in helping consumers make smart choices when buying smart devices,” Rep. Lieu said. “As a recovering computer science major, I recognize how valuable technology can be in making our lives easier. At the same time, interconnected technologies can present serious security vulnerabilities for consumers. I commend President Biden and Vice President Harris for making cybersecurity a hallmark of their administration. Senator Markey and I are thrilled that the ideas we worked on have been adopted by the White House. Similar to the cyber shield labeling efforts that Sen. Markey and I have pushed in Congress, this White House cyber trust labeling initiative will help consumers make informed choices and help ensure advancements in technology don’t come at the expense of privacy and security.”