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Germany: BSI requests comments on revised minimum standard for web browsers

The Federal Office for Information Security ('BSI') announced, on 12 July 2022, that it had released a draft version of its revised minimum standard for web browsers, requesting comments on the same. In particular, the BSI explained that when using a web browser, data is usually also loaded from untrustworthy sources. As such, the BSI outlined that this data may contain harmful code which may lead to loss of availability, confidentiality, and integrity of sensitive data. In light of this, the BSI noted that the use of web browsers represents a risk, which should be minimised by implementing and complying with the draft minimum standard.

Further, the BSI clarified that the minimum standard describes the security requirements for web browsers used on federal administration workstations, which must be met in order to achieve a minimum level of information security. Notably, the BSI highlighted that the draft minimum standard, for which it is seeking comments, also covers web browsers on mobile platforms.

Comments may be submitted via email to [email protected] by 19 August 2022.

You can read the press release here and the draft minimum standard here, both only available in German.