Rubio bills move forward and can be heard on Senate Floor

Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL), moved two important small business cybersecurity bills out of the Senate Small Business Committee. 

The first bill, The SBA Cyber Awareness Act, requires the Small Business Administration to develop a cyber strategy, examine its IT system components’ country of origin, and report on breaches and threats to the Small Business Committees.  Ranking member Ben Cardin (D-FL) cosponsored the legislation. 

“The SBA Cyber Awareness Act would require the SBA to develop a cyber strategy and to examine where the components in its IT system are manufactured,” Rubio said. “This bill would also require the SBA to report to this committee about the cyber breaches and threats it faces so that we can give the SBA the tools that it needs to defend itself against future attacks.”

Rubio’s second bill was The Small Business Cyber Training Act creates a training program for small business development centers (SBDC’s) to prepare counselors in cyber planning assistance.  Specifically, the bill would require SBDC’s to hire employees certified in cyber strategy counseling for small businesses.

“The bill will prepare them, these counselors, to provide vital advice on cyber security to entrepreneurs when it matters most – at the beginning of their business’ lifecycle,” Rubio said.

Rubio serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship introduced legislation to protect America’s small businesses from the threats that cyber crime pose to America’s small businesses.

“Amidst rapid technological advances, shifting global economic trends, and rising foreign adversaries, we must continue to protect our small businesses. This includes emerging and evolving cybersecurity threats,” Rubio said. “My two bills will give small businesses the tools they need to safeguard themselves against the growing cybersecurity risks of the 21st century.”

At a hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee on cybercrimes against small business, ,” SBA Chief Information Officer Maria Roat said in her opening statement “With limited resources and budgets, these companies need cybersecurity guidance, solutions, and training that is practical, actionable, and enables them to cost-effectively address and manage their cybersecurity risks.”