Text: S.770 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 115-236 (08/14/2018)
[115th Congress Public Law 236]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
NIST SMALL BUSINESS CYBERSECURITY ACT
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Public Law 115-236
To require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and
Technology to disseminate guidance to help reduce small business
cybersecurity risks, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Aug. 14,
2018 - [S. 770]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: NIST Small
Business Cybersecurity Act. 15 USC 271 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``NIST Small Business Cybersecurity
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 15 USC 272 note.>> IMPROVING CYBERSECURITY OF
(a) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) Director.--The term ``Director'' means the Director of
the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
(2) Resources.--The term ``resources'' means guidelines,
tools, best practices, standards, methodologies, and other ways
of providing information.
(3) Small business concern.--The term ``small business
concern'' has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the
Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
(b) Small Business Cybersecurity.--Section 2(e)(1)(A) of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C.
272(e)(1)(A)) is amended--
(1) in clause (vii), by striking ``and'' at the end;
(2) by redesignating clause (viii) as clause (ix); and
(3) by inserting after clause (vii) the following:
``(viii) consider small business concerns (as
defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15
U.S.C. 632)); and''.
(c) Dissemination of Resources for Small Businesses.--
(1) <<NOTE: Deadline. Consultation.>> In general.--Not
later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act,
the Director, in carrying out section 2(e)(1)(A)(viii) of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology Act, as added by
subsection (b) of this Act, in consultation with the heads of
other appropriate Federal agencies, shall disseminate clear and
concise resources to help small business concerns identify,
assess, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks.
(2) Requirements.--The Director shall ensure that the
resources disseminated pursuant to paragraph (1)--
(A) are generally applicable and usable by a wide
range of small business concerns;
(B) vary with the nature and size of the
implementing small business concern, and the nature and
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of the data collected or stored on the information
systems or devices of the implementing small business
(C) include elements, that promote awareness of
simple, basic controls, a workplace cybersecurity
culture, and third-party stakeholder relationships, to
assist small business concerns in mitigating common
(D) include case studies of practical application;
(E) are technology-neutral and can be implemented
using technologies that are commercial and off-the-
(F) are based on international standards to the
extent possible, and are consistent with the Stevenson-
Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3701
(3) National cybersecurity awareness and education
program.--The Director shall ensure that the resources
disseminated under paragraph (1) are consistent with the efforts
of the Director under section 401 of the Cybersecurity
Enhancement Act of 2014 (15 U.S.C. 7451).
(4) Small business development center cyber strategy.--In
carrying out paragraph (1), the Director, to the extent
practicable, shall consider any methods included in the Small
Business Development Center Cyber Strategy developed under
section 1841(a)(3)(B) of the National Defense Authorization Act
for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-328).
(5) Voluntary resources.--The use of the resources
disseminated under paragraph (1) shall be considered voluntary.
(6) <<NOTE: Review.>> Updates.--The Director shall review
and, if necessary, update the resources disseminated under
paragraph (1) in accordance with the requirements under
(7) <<NOTE: Web posting.>> Public availability.--The
Director and the head of each Federal agency that so elects
shall make prominently available on the respective agency's
public Internet website information about the resources and
updates to the resources disseminated under paragraph (1). The
Director and the heads shall each ensure that the information
they respectively make prominently available is consistent,
clear, and concise.
(d) Other Federal Cybersecurity Requirements.--Nothing in this
section may be construed to supersede, alter, or otherwise affect any
cybersecurity requirements applicable to Federal agencies.
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(e) Funding.--This Act shall be carried out using funds otherwise
authorized to be appropriated or made available to the National
Institute of Standards and Technology.
Approved August 14, 2018.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 770 (H.R. 2105):
SENATE REPORTS: No. 115-153 (Comm. on Commerce, Science, and
Vol. 163 (2017):
Sept. 28, considered and passed
Vol. 164 (2018):
July 25, considered and passed
Aug. 1, Senate concurred in House