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Latta supports strengthening small business cybersecurity

Washington, July 16, 2019 | Mikayla Hall (202-225-6405)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the House passed the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2019 and the SBA Cyber Awareness Act, two bills that will improve cybersecurity training, handling, and reporting for small businesses. 

“Our families and communities rely on small businesses for jobs, goods, and services. Cyber crimes pose a very serious threat to these businesses, as well as to their employees and customers. It’s important that the government agencies that are there to be a resource to these business owners aren’t also increasing their vulnerability. I’m pleased that the House is taking steps today to strengthen how we prevent and handle threats to our economic backbone.”

Background

Congressman Latta, Ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, has been an advocate for strengthening cybersecurity in all areas, including small businesses. He’s hosted several events regarding cyber threats, grid security, and preventing fraud with seniors, business owners, and local leaders -- most recently with his Stopping Senior Scams Workshop

The SBA Cyber Awareness Act, H.R. 2331, strengthens the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s handling and reporting of cyber threats affecting small businesses.

The Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2019, H.R. 1649, requires the SBA to establish, or certify, an existing cyber counseling certification program to certify employees at small business development centers. It would also instruct the SBA to reimburse lead small business development centers for any costs relating to cyber strategy training certification of an employee up to $350,000 in a fiscal year.

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