Lipinski Bill Helping Small Businesses Strengthen Cybersecurity Signed Into Law

Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) bill requiring the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop resources to help small businesses identify, assess, manage, and reduce cybersecurity risks has been signed into law.  While cyberattacks cost companies hundreds of thousands of dollars, many are unable to defend themselves.  This new law (H.R. 2105) requires NIST resources to be affordable and able to scale with the size of any business.

“Most small businesses do not have significant IT departments,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “Some don’t even have any dedicated information security personnel, so they may be more at risk of cyberattacks than large enterprises.  These incidents hurt individual small business owners, employees, and customers, and they also hurt American competitiveness.  In my district, there is a fourth generation family manufacturing business that has suffered multiple sophisticated phishing attacks.  The few times they have fallen victim to these attacks, the costs have been significant.  The owners have told me that they would welcome guidance on affordable, off-the-shelf resources to strengthen their cyber-defenses and let them get back to focusing on their business.  This is a story repeated across the country, which is why this new law is so important.”

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