By BRIAN KILMEADE and BRIANA KILMERBERGWASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a sweeping cybersecurity bill that includes provisions that would require companies to encrypt data they store on servers, limit the ability of private companies to access customers’ information and force companies to disclose data breaches more quickly.
The Senate voted 53-46 to advance the cybersecurity bill, which would apply to all government agencies and other businesses, but not to businesses.
The bill would also require the Department of Homeland Security to report to Congress every 30 days on the number of cyber attacks that occurred in the U.K. and other nations during the last five years, and on the total number of breaches that have occurred since March 2015.
It would also give companies 30 days to submit to the federal government data on breaches that they say have occurred. The U