Senate panel advances small business cybersecurity bill

Senate panel advances small business cybersecurity bill
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The Senate Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday aimed at boosting resources to help small businesses protect their digital assets from cyber threats.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the bill last week, with a bipartisan group of senators including committee chair John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonGingrich says arming teachers only long-term solution to school shootings Florida students turn to activism in wake of shooting CNN invites Trump to town hall with parents, students of Florida high school MORE (D-Fla.) sponsoring.

The legislation, called the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act, would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to give simplified resources to small businesses that choose to use the institute's cybersecurity framework.

NIST develops and updates a cybersecurity framework that for public and private sector entities.

“This legislation will help small businesses get the information they need to protect themselves and their customers from cyberattacks,” Thune said in his opening statement Wednesday morning.

The Senate panel approved the legislation by a voice vote after adopting an amendment offered by Schatz that made small changes to bill's language.

The legislation is also cosponsored by Sens. Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischTrump official denies US planning 'bloody nose' strike on North Korea Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Government needs to help small businesses follow regulations MORE (R-Idaho), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocrats request info on 'repeated environmental concerns' at Ohio pipeline Booker to stop accepting donations from corporate PACs Gillibrand vows to refuse donations from corporate PACs MORE (D-Wash.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe siren of Baton Rouge Senate confirms John Demers to head DOJ national security division Senate rejects bipartisan measure as immigration votes begin MORE (R-Colo.) and was introduced last Wednesday. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Small Business Association both backed the legislation last week.