Hearing on Small Biz Cybersecurity

January 31, 2018

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing focused on cybersecurity and how small businesses can protect themselves. The committee heard from Howard Marshall, Deputy Assistant Director of the Cyber Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Richard Driggers, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on what the federal government is doing to help small businesses prevent a cyberattack.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall stated that, “We continue to see an increase in the scale and scope of reporting on malicious cyber activity … In light of these and other cyber threats to U.S. businesses, the FBI has made private sector engagement a key component of our strategy for combatting cyber threats.”

DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Driggers stated that, despite federal contractors improving their online security, small-business federal contractors are increasingly targeted, and “…may not have the resources or awareness to adequately address such threats.”

According to NSBA data, the amount of time required to resolve a cyber-attack is substantial, with 42 percent of small businesses reporting it took on average more than three days to resolve the issue. Recently, Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Nydia Velazquez introduced H.R. 4668, the Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2017, to increase the defensive measures available for small businesses undergoing or concerned about a cyberattack.

Click here to watch full hearing video, and here to read full witness testimony.

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