Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyber attacks

Bipartisan senators introduce bill to protect small businesses from cyber attacks

Colonial Pipeline, the company that supplies 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel, temporarily shut down its operations last month after a ransomware attack targeted some of its data. JBS USA, the nation’s largest beef supplier, was later hit by a similar ransomware attack.  The legislation comes as Congress looks to beef up cyber protections for the federal government and the private sector after a slew of crippling hacks. Both hacks are believed to have been perpetrated by Russian-based criminal groups.

Rubio first introduced the legislation in November 2018, but the bill takes on heightened importance now after a series of prominent cybercrimes. Rep. Gregory SteubeWilliam (Greg) Gregory SteubeWray grilled on FBI’s handling of Jan. 6 Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech MORE (R-Fla.) will introduce companion legislation in the House. “We’ve taken important steps to protect consumers, but small businesses’ credit data have also been compromised, and they deserve protection,” added Kennedy. “Consumers and mom-and-pop businesses are counting on us to safeguard their data privacy when new threats arise every day.” 

“The federal government must uphold the trust that Americans need to fully participate in our economy,” Rubio said. “My legislation, the Small News Credit Protection Act, would ensure that small businesses receive protections in cases of a security breach. I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this bipartisan bill so that we can continue to protect America’s small businesses – the cornerstone of our economy.”  “Entrepreneurs need to build and maintain healthy credit as they grow their businesses,” Coons said. “That’s why it is so vital that government help protect the private credit information of small business owners, just as they do for consumers. 

Source thehill.com The Justice Department said this month that, in response to those and other intrusions, it plans on elevating investigations into ransomware attacks to the same priority as probes into terrorist strikes.

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