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Marco Rubio, Gary Peters Want to Help Small Businesses With Cybersecurity

July 10, 2019 - 8:30am
Marco Rubio and Gary Peters
Marco Rubio and Gary Peters

As chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to help small businesses with cybersecurity. 

At the end of last month, Rubio teamed up with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to bring out the “Small Business Cybersecurity Assistance Act" which would let Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) use grants from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for cybersecurity training, including working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

The proposal brings in recommendations from the “Small Business Development Center Cyber Strategy” which DHS and SBA released in March. 

On Monday, Rubio weighed in on why he was backing the proposal. 

“As technology continues to play an integral role in the way business is conducted in the 21st century economy, we must equip our small businesses with the tools they need to combat cyber criminals and protect their networks,” Rubio said. “Cyber criminals and state-sponsored foreign hackers continue to target small businesses’ online systems, paralyzing their networks and ability to operate. This bipartisan bill ensures that small businesses have greater access to critical resources and training to better protect their networks before a cyber-attack occurs. I appreciate working with Senator Peters to address this ongoing issue, and look forward to the Senate Small Business Committee’s continued bipartisan effort to comprehensively reauthorize the Small Business Act.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing tens of millions of Americans nationwide,” Peters said. “As we’ve seen in recent years, a breach at a small business not only has devastating consequences for that company’s future, it can also be the doorway for breaches of larger companies. Yet too many small business owners say they lack the resources they need to safeguard their businesses and customers from hackers, fraudsters, and cybercriminals. This commonsense legislation will help ensure small businesses can access much-needed information and training to secure their systems from malicious cyber-attacks.”

The bill was sent to the Small Business Committee. So far, there is no companion bill in the House.

Comments

Marco! Focus, dude! Try to stick to things that are actually constructive and productive - things that really matter - things that are actually attainable! (And, let's start hearing your take on the foibles and shortcomings of the draft-dodger-in-chief in the Oval Office! You can't possibly share his low-life values and perspectives on programs and policies - can you? Weren't you actually running against him at some point ???)

Perhaps if you could reduce your hatred for the person that sent Hillary back to her Chappaqua mansion, when the media claimed she had a 98% likelihood of moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, people might be able to consider your rhetoric as something other than hate-filled word salad.

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