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Rubio Bills to Protect America’s Small Businesses from Cyber Threats Pass Senate

Sep 30, 2022 | Press Releases

The U.S. Senate passed two bills authored by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) which will protect America’s small businesses from cyber crimes. Rubio first introduced these bills in March 2019. The bills now head to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

  • “Cyberattacks are becoming an increasingly common weapon used to steal valuable information and destabilize our national security. I’m glad to see the Senate pass these important bills to ensure American small businesses have the tools to defend themselves against cybersecurity threats, and I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to quickly do the same.” — Senator Rubio

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The SBA Cyber Awareness Act — Cosponsored by Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), this bill would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a cyber strategy, examine its IT system components’ country of origin, and report any breaches and other cybersecurity incidents to Congress. The Senate passed the House companion legislation, introduced by U.S. Representatives Jason Crowe (D-CO) and Kim Young (R-CA). A one-pager can be found here.
The Small Business Cyber Training Act — Cosponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), this bill would require the SBA to establish a training program for small business development centers (SBDCs) to prepare counselors in cyber planning assistance. Specifically, the bill would require SBDCs to have employees certified in cyber strategy counseling for small businesses. A one-pager can be found here.