Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship introduced legislation to protect America’s small businesses from the threats that cyber crime pose to America’s small businesses.
“Amidst rapid technological advances, shifting global economic trends, and rising foreign adversaries, we must continue to protect our small businesses. This includes emerging and evolving cybersecurity threats,” Rubio said. “My two bills will give small businesses the tools they need to safeguard themselves against the growing cybersecurity risks of the 21st century.”
Rubio’s two bills to protect America’s small businesses from cybersecurity threats:
The SBA Cyber Awareness Act-- Cosponsored by Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), this bill would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a cyber strategy, examine its IT system components’ country of origin, and report on breaches and threats to the Small Business Committees. A one pager can be found here.The Small Business Cyber Training Act-- Cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), this bill would create a training program for small business development centers (SBDCs) to prepare counselors in cyber planning assistance. Specifically, the bill would require SBDCs to employees certified in cyber strategy counseling for small businesses. A one pager can be found here.