Bill requires agencies to help small businesses with cybersecurity

Small businesses would get more information from the government about internet security under a bill that has passed the U.S. House.

The Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act of 2016, which now goes to the Senate, calls on the Small Business Administration and Department of Homeland Security to create a strategy to increase business owners’ awareness of internet attacks. They would also learn about the need to make their companies more secure from hackers, phishing attacks and other such threats.

The nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers that provide training and counseling to small companies would become a resource for education about internet security.

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