FAA’s Model Aircraft Registration Rule Doesn’t Fly with the D.C. Circuit

On May 19, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced its decision in Taylor v. Huerta, vacating the FAA’s 2015 Registration Rule as applied to model aircraft.  That rule requires owners of small unmanned aircraft, including model aircraft, to register with the FAA.  The court held that the plain language of Section 336 of FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) bars the FAA from promulgating any rule or regulation regarding model aircraft, and that this prohibits the agency from applying the Registration Rule to model aircraft owners. 

Cybersecurity Framework Updates Coming, Including on the Internet of Things

NIST held a public workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday in Gaithersburg, Maryland to discuss proposed updates to its highly-lauded Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure (CSF), which was released in 2014.  CSF Draft Version 1.1 was released on January 10, 2017, and NIST has taken public comment.  A summary by NIST of the comments received is available here.

Litigating the Internet of Things

Let’s say you manufacture a connected oven, and the six o’clock news runs a story in which researchers claim they can remotely access and turn on the broiler.  Anyone exploiting such a vulnerability would be committing a felony, but luckily, no exploit happened.  But before you know it, you are slapped with a class action lawsuit claiming economic injury because some consumers would not have bought the oven if they knew it was “defective”—i.e., that it was susceptible to potential third party “hacking.”

NIST Is Finalizing Its Cybersecurity Framework Manufacturing Profile

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) recently released the final draft of its Cybersecurity Framework Manufacturing Profile—a document dealing with the desired cybersecurity outcomes and posture for manufacturing systems.  The breadth of the document is wide, encompassing any sort of manufacturer, including makers of electronic devices and consumer technology.