The Senate Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday aimed at boosting resources to help small businesses protect their digital assets from cyber threats.
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.
“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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Small Business Association both backed the legislation last week.