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 ThuneFrustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill MORE (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonLobbying world The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lobbying world 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.

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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 RischHillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation Hillicon Valley: Trump threatens Michigan, Nevada over mail-in voting | Officials call for broadband expansion during pandemic | Democrats call for investigation into Uber-Grubhub deal MORE (R-Idaho), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Trump nominee for Consumer Product Safety Commission involved in CDC guidance shelving: AP Senate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections MORE (D-Wash.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation McConnell: Next coronavirus bill will be final COVID-19 package Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA 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.