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NEWS | Cybersecurity an All-Time High Priority for Gov, Businesses

With growing concerns of cyberattacks worldwide, at home, small businesses should take steps to protect themselves.

Amidst cyberattacks worldwide, the U.S. government is noticeably increasing its efforts to proactively support parties to protect themselves – including small businesses.

The threat for cyberattacks is ubiquitous. From energy, to infrastructure, health care, and everywhere between, companies should note the enhanced efforts from lawmakers to address these problems, including creating legislation to help federal agencies and small businesses create plans to prevent hacks and commit to strong cyber hygiene, including regularly updating, encrypting sensitive data, and limiting administrative log-ins.

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is asking his committee to consider his legislation to update the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with an intent to mitigate security vulnerabilities.

While the partisan gap is very much alive and well, some provisions in the Peters bill are the source of some debate, Peters’ committee isn’t all contention: Members recently approving H.R. 6824, a bill to codify CISA’s annual cybersecurity competition recognizing government employees for enacting best cybersecurity practices and discipline.

Looking to join in on the efforts to encourage companies and constituents to square up plans and defenses from hacks, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting an inaugural Small Business Cyber Summit October 26.

Held during Cybersecurity Month, NSBA is looking forward to the success of this SBA summit, and is proud to work with partners, like CrowdStrike, an industry leader offering high level security to small businesses—and great discounts for NSBA members.

For more information on how to protect your small business, connect with NSBA.


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