BIPARTISAN BILL BACKED BY ROSEN PASSES HOUSE TO HELP PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM CYBERATTACKS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) applauded the House of Representatives for unanimously passing the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2105). Congresswoman Rosen was an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill, which directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with other federal agencies to create and make available clear and concise resources to help small businesses identify, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks. Earlier this year she helped the legislation unanimously pass the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
“Southern Nevada is home to thousands of small businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of workers, and far too many local entrepreneurs are forced to shut down after facing a crippling cyberattack,” said Rosen. “This bipartisan legislation will help create a set of simple resources and voluntary guidelines to help small business owners better protect themselves and their digital assets from cybersecurity threats. Helping small businesses improve their cybersecurity practices is common sense, and I hope the Senate will move quickly to pass this bill.”
BACKGROUND: The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 would provide new guidelines that can serve as an on-ramp for small businesses to adopt cybersecurity best practices that are already being used primarily by large companies. Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have a contingency plan outlining procedures for responding and reporting data breach losses and lack the resources to invest in dedicated IT staff with the expertise to monitor and protect computer systems.
NIST is an agency within the Department of Commerce that serves as the nation’s chief advisory agency for civilian cybersecurity. Rosen is a former computer programmer who serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and its Subcommittee on Research and Technology.