Bipartisan push to prioritize cyber advice for small businesses

Bipartisan push to prioritize cyber advice for small businesses
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A bipartisan group of legislators, including the chairmen of the House and Senate Small Business committees, introduced legislation Thursday to train staff at small business development centers in cybersecurity strategy.

House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe | Researcher who helped stop WannaCry attack detained | Audit finds OPM systems still at risk Overnight Finance: Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, rips Congress | Trump plan would cut legal immigration | Senate confirms labor board pick | House Budget chair running for governor | Regulator takes step to change 'Volcker Rule' MORE (R-Idaho) are joined by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) on the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act. A press release touting the new bill describes it as a priority for both committees. 

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"Many small business owners lack the capital and expertise they need to prevent a cybersecurity attack," Chabot said in the release, adding that "providing cybersecurity training to lead small business development center employees will broaden their expertise to help more small businesses prevent an attack and potentially help save their companies."

The bill would require that 20 percent of small business development center employees receive certification in cybersecurity strategy consulting.

"Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in our country each year, and they need the right tools and skills to identify cyber threats and protect their customers and their livelihoods," Peters said in the release.