Georgia senators approved a bill Thursday that would raise the cybersecurity threshold to $100,000, and would increase the number of businesses with an IT security officer to 20.
The bill also includes provisions for a federal cyber safety fund that would fund cyber security training and education.
The legislation is aimed at giving state governments and business owners more tools to help protect their networks from cyber attacks.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, was a key sponsor of the bill.
The measure also requires Georgia businesses to establish a cybersecurity plan.
It would allow companies to seek help from their local cyber safety council or a state agency, including the state Department of Economic Development.
The cybersecurity bill also allows businesses to be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
The House approved the bill earlier this month, but its fate is unclear.
The Georgia Senate approved the measure on Thursday, making it eligible for a vote.
Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi passed cybersecurity bills in the past year.
The states have some of the nation’s toughest cybersecurity laws, and lawmakers say they are needed to ensure the nation is protected against a growing number of cyber attacks and cyber attacks from foreign countries.
President Donald Trump has pushed for more cybersecurity spending and has criticized the Obama administration for failing to make the necessary investments.