A Senate committee will begin considering the mechanics of a cybersecurity bill this week that would rely on the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology to lay the groundwork for new standards to protect critical U.S. infrastructure, including the energy grid. The Senate Commerce Committee is meeting Thursday in advance of a markup of a bill introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., to gauge the NIST's collaboration with industry on developing a working framework.

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