Senate Bill Seeks to Provide “Floor” for Cybersecurity Operational Standards for Internet-Connected Devices Purchased by Federal Agencies

A recent bill introduced by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is attempting to place heightened security standards on all Internet of Things (IoT) devices procured by any federal agency. Should the legislation be enacted, the expectations it sets forth regarding the security of IoT devices could be interpreted by courts as the minimal floor for any IoT product sold to the federal government and, potentially, sold commercially. Given IoT’s increasing prevalence and importance in the life sciences field, this legislation could have significant impact on pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. For more information, please read our Reed Smith Client Alert, “Pending Legislation Seeks to Secure Federal Government IoT.”

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