If some members of Congress have their way, a bill regarding cyber security will soon be passed into law. That bill will make it mandated that certain counselors for small to medium businesses undergo training to assist those SMB owners with cyber security.

The legislation was approved by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. It was introduced by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and it would require that the Small Business Administration supply grants to some employees at centers for small business-development for the purpose of training SMBs in the defense of cyber security threats. The legislation passed with a unanimous vote.

The bill was proposed because, in part, research has shown that SMBs are most frequently the target of these types of threats. They are targeted because they tend to be underprepared and vulnerable. Cyber security threats have increased over recent years, and small businesses are targeted in phishing attacks on a too-regular basis.

Currently, the Small Business Administration, or SMA, offers grants to organizations and states to establish development centers that focus on small businesses. These centers offer assistance with financial packages, business plan development and healthcare guidance among other things. With this new legislation, there will eventually be cyber security assistance as well.

As a small to medium business owner, you should know that you are at risk of cyber security threat. Hackers love people like you because they know you may not have the necessary protection in place. Give our team a call to find out how we can assist you in protecting your company and making it grow. We have the products available to help you in the daily operations of your business.