Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act by a voice vote from the floor of the House. This legislation, sponsored by Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) will provide some sorely needed resources to the small business community. Specifically, this legislation requires that counselors at Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) be certified in cybersecurity. The goal is to be able to assist small businesses in preventing and responding to cyber attacks. This could be a critical resource to help the small business community confront to ever changing threat landscape.
This bill was part of a larger cybersecurity effort aimed at making the SBA more secure, as well as helping the small business community. While the measure has passed the House, it will also need to pass the Senate in order to become law. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who chairs the powerful United States Senate Small Business Committee, has companion legislation pending in the Senate. I encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to support these measures to help secure the SBA and provide these needed resources to the small business community.