U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, representing California’s 17th Congressional District, visited NXP’s San Jose, CA office on Tuesday, February 17. To kick off the NXP facility tour, the Congressman first discussed challenging issues such as cybersecurity that he as a legislator and NXP as a key industry are both working on from differing approaches. In the course of this conversation with a number of NXP’s executives, it was agreed that policymakers should actively engage with industry to draw upon insights and experiences gained through extensive research and development and prior work on security-related issues.
With NXP’s CEO and Congressman Honda both having attended President Obama’s cybersecurity summit held at Stanford the week prior, much of the discussion centered on security and consumer privacy. At the Stanford event, over 700 policy makers, executives, technologist, educators and others gathered to hear about the cybersecurity threat and related hurdles to economic expansion and consumer security. During the event Obama identified several priorities including: securing payments, and moving the U.S. EMV transition forward, two factor authentication and an initial mention of three factor authentication.
Following this discussion, Congressman Honda engaged a dialogue with a large group of NXP employees in the break room. Honda invited questions from the employees. Questions ranged from healthcare to consumer data protection, the need for more STEM-oriented thinking in Congress, and issues of security and technology. NXP enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Congressman Honda and educate him further on opportunities to enhance security and make citizens data safe.
“I’d like to thank Rep. Honda for his visit to our office to provide his constituents the opportunity to hear directly from him what his current focus is on and how what he does in Washington DC will affect the future of Silicon Valley and beyond,” said Rick Clemmer, CEO and president, NXP Semiconductors.
As Americans increasingly adopt connected devices in their everyday lives and the Internet of Things, wearable technology and connected cars continue to redefine our lives, the importance of securing these devices will also increase. NXP, with is strong market leadership in security, will continue to drive new and innovative solutions that support governments and consumers worldwide.