April 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Small Business Cybersecurity Legislation, Advances in Senate

The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act passes the Commerce Committee and receives more support

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee passed the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act will provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses to best protect their digital assets from cybersecurity threats.

“The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act will ensure that small businesses gain access to essential resources required to protect themselves from cyber threats,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I am honored to cosponsor this legislation and to work with my Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure it receives adequate support to become a law.”  

The MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act also gained the support of the National Restaurant Association, one of the largest foodservice trade associations in the world, and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), a leading security management association.

“The resources developed by NIST per the MAIN STREET Act will help many more small and medium-sized businesses access and adopt the Framework, with the hope of leading to better management of cybersecurity risks.  The National Restaurant Association thanks Senators Schatz and Risch for their foresight and leadership on this issue, and urge other Committee members’ support of the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act,” said Cicely Simpson, Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association.

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and James Risch (R-Idaho) sponsored the MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act. Cosponsors of the legislation include U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).