S. 3024: Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act

By at 19 September, 2016, 6:20 pm

The Honorable David Vitter


Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510


The Honorable Gary Peters

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510


Dear Chairman Vitter and Senator Peters:

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and its 100,000 members nationwide support strongly S. 3024, the Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016.

Cyber security—preventing attacks, IP and data theft, and restoring operations—is a major issue for America’s small businesses. The bad guys don’t discriminate when it comes to cyber attacks, and unsuspecting small businesses are their perfect targets. We know these attacks are quite costly for small businesses, both in terms of real dollars and reputational loss. Many small businesses do not survive a cyber attack.

S. 3024 will help improve small business cyber security by allowing the nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to deliver training and resources to small businesses through a custom SBDC Cyber Strategy. This strategy would include the streamlining and improvement of existing federal cyber security programs aimed at small businesses, and using the existing SBDC infrastructure to deliver them. Of course, SBDCs are a valuable resource for many small businesses as they offer no-cost or at-cost training on topics, such as business plan development, accessing capital, marketing, and utilizing technology. This personal training is an ideal opportunity to expose small businesses to the threats posed by cyber criminals and how entrepreneurs can protect their businesses and their data.

Thank you for your leadership on this important issue affecting small businesses. SBE Council looks forward to working with you to advance S. 3024 into law.

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO


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