Federal - HR 1648

A bill to amend the Small Business Act to provide for the establishment of an enhanced cybersecurity assistance and protections for small businesses, and for other purposes.

Introduced

March 8, 2019

Description

A bill to amend the Small Business Act to provide for the establishment of an enhanced cybersecurity assistance and protections for small businesses, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 6

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  • May 10, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Craig, (D-Minn.)
  • May 7, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Spano, (R-Fla.)
  • May 2, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Stauber, (R-Minn.)
  • May 1, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Small Business Committee.

    May 1, 2019 — Committee Vote: Small Business Cybersecurity Protection — Vote to Report

    Provide enhanced cybersecurity protections for small businesses.

    The bill would require the administrator of the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security and the attorney general, to establish a central small business cybersecurity assistance unit within the SBA as well as a regional small business cybersecurity unit within each small business development center.

    The bill also would direct the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit with coordinating cyber threat information exchange between small businesses and the federal government. Businesses that share information with the government would receive the exemptions and protections included in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending law (PL 114-113) regarding cybersecurity information sharing.

    It also would require that the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

    It also would direct the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit to provide cybersecurity assistance, including disseminating accessible information on cost-effective methods to improve cybersecurity, to regional small business cybersecurity assistance units, and leverage resources from the departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury and State to provide this assistance.

    The bill also would not authorize any additional funding to implement the requirements of the bill.

    Provide enhanced cybersecurity protections for small businesses.

    The bill would require the administrator of the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security and the attorney general, to establish a central small business cybersecurity assistance unit within the SBA as well as a regional small business cybersecurity unit within each small business development center.

    The bill also would direct the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit with coordinating cyber threat information exchange between small businesses and the federal government. Businesses that share information with the government would receive the exemptions and protections included in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending law (PL 114-113) regarding cybersecurity information sharing.

    It also would require that the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

    It also would direct the central small business cybersecurity assistance unit to provide cybersecurity assistance, including disseminating accessible information on cost-effective methods to improve cybersecurity, to regional small business cybersecurity assistance units, and leverage resources from the departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury and State to provide this assistance.

    The bill also would not authorize any additional funding to implement the requirements of the bill.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.
  • April 30, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Houlahan, (D-Pa.)
  • March 18, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Balderson, (R-Ohio)
  • March 8, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Velazquez, (D-N.Y.)
  • March 8, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Small Business.Congressional Record p. H2614