US House Passes Acts to Help SMBs with Cybersecurity
The United States House of Representatives has passed two bills to strengthen the cybersecurity of small businesses.
The Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2021 attracted strong support among House members of all political persuasions and was passed on Tuesday with a vote of 409 in favor to 14 against.
Representative Andrew Garbarino, who is both a member of the Small Business Committee and a ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, introduced the bill back in July.
Speaking on the House floor yesterday in support of the legislation, Garbarino said: “Cyberattacks are on the rise, and small businesses are increasingly vulnerable.
“Nearly 50% of cyberattacks are directed at small businesses, which can result in devastating financial, intellectual property, and reputational loss.”
Explaining why cyber-criminals may choose to victimize smaller companies over larger companies, Garbarino said: “Small businesses are targeted because they often lack the resources or technical knowledge needed to implement and maintain cybersecurity defenses.”
Garbarino said he had personally witnessed the difficulties small businesses experience when trying to defend themselves against cyber-attacks.
The Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act