FEATURED:

Senate panel advances small business cybersecurity bill

Senate panel advances small business cybersecurity bill
© Getty Images

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 ThuneDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Through a national commitment to youth sports, we can break the obesity cycle Florida politics play into disaster relief debate MORE (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Poll: Nelson leads Scott by 6 points in Florida Senate race Poll: Nelson tied with Scott in Florida Senate race 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 RischMcCain’s death marks decline of Trump’s GOP Senate critics Overnight Health Care: Senate approves massive bill including health spending | Bill includes drug pricing measure | Move to block Planned Parenthood funding fails Overnight Defense: Senate passes massive defense, domestic spending bill | Duncan Hunter to step down from committees | Pompeo names North Korea envoy MORE (R-Idaho), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Facebook deletes accounts for political 'spam' | Leaked research shows Google's struggles with online free speech | Trump's praise for North Korea complicates cyber deterrence | Senators want Google memo on privacy bug Congress moves to ensure the greater availability of explosives detecting dogs in the US Overnight Energy — Presented by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance — Trump ends law enforcement program at wildlife refuges | Pruitt canceled trips he already had tickets for | Senate panel approves new parks fund MORE (D-Wash.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Democrats must end mob rule GOP senators praise Haley as 'powerful' and 'unafraid' 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.