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House Passes Two Bills Aimed at Improving Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

July 17, 2019 / Haley samsel

Two pieces of legislation passed in the House of Representatives Monday seek to improve cybersecurity practices at the Small Business Administration and help small businesses across the country defend themselves against cyber threats. The SBA Cyber Awareness Act, spearheaded by Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado), would require the agency to produce an annual Congressional report assessing its information technology and if any of its equipment was manufactured in China, The Hill reported. If the SBA was the victim of a cyber attack, the agency would have seven days to notify Congress and 30 days to notify individuals and small businesses affected by the incident. “Our bill would require the SBA to be more proactive in protecting its data and more transparent in the event of a cyber breach,” Crow said on the House floor before the bill passed. “The goal of this bill is to put the SBA and the small businesses that it interacts with, and that depend on it, on the best footing p...