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SBA rolls out small business cybersecurity pilot program

Privacy/Cyber Risk & Data Security SBA Small Business Covid-19

Privacy, Cyber Risk & Data Security

On January 21, the SBA announced $3 million in funding for the agency’s Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program. The funding is intended to help state governments assist emerging small businesses develop their cybersecurity infrastructures to combat increasing and evolving threats. Applications will be accepted from January 26 through March 3. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have adopted technology at high rates to survive, operate, and grow their businesses. As a result, cybersecurity has become increasingly important as now, more than ever before, small business owners face cyber risks and challenges that could disrupt their operations and competitive advantages. As we seek to build a stronger and more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, we must innovate and provide resources to meet the evolving needs of the growing number of small businesses. With this new funding opportunity, the SBA intends on leveraging the strengths across our state governments, territories, and tribal governments to provide services to help small businesses get cyber ready and, in the process, fortify our nation’s supply chains,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said in the announcement.