CyberRx CEO Advocates for Small Business Incentives to Promote Cyber Readiness
CyberRx CEO Ola Sage testified earlier today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. The objectives of the hearing were to explore how the government can foster and promote information sharing with small businesses, and to provide “timely assistance and resources” when a small business experiences a cyber-attack. Listen to Ms. Sage’s full testimony here.
Ms. Sage, who is also founder and CEO of e-Management, told lawmakers that many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are still unaware of how the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), or how it helps them. “There is still an opportunity for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the government in general, to increase the visibility of the law through its existing outreach and awareness programs to the SMB community through, for example, DHS’ Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience (SECIR) initiatives, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, or by working with Chambers of Commerce, small business associations, and trade groups,” she explained.
Ms. Sage recommended the government offer SMBs special incentives to encourage better information sharing and cyber-threat reporting with the government. The government, for instance, could offer tax incentives; expand CISA safeguards to protect SMBs from potential liability in the event of a data breach or cyber-attack; include use of the Cybersecurity Framework and participation in a public or private information sharing program as a selection criterion for government procurements; or recognize SMBs that commit to cybersecurity information sharing. In addition, Ms. Sage proposed simplifying the entry point for cyber-threat reporting for SMBs.
CyberRx provides pre- and post-breach cybersecurity solutions. Our online cyber readiness software platform helps businesses assess their cyber capabilities within the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and provides them with data to decide what tools and services are most critical as weighed against their risk profile and budget. Our distinctive cyber concierge service offers clients best-in-class technical and management recommendations and connects them with an array of qualified and vetted service providers, as appropriate, such as incident response support, computer forensics, legal and regulatory guidance, public relations and crisis management, and cyber insurance. CyberRx is vendor agnostic in recommending solutions. For more information about CyberRx, visit https://cyber-rx.com and follow the company on Twitter @AllAboutRisks.
CyberRx is an e-Management company, an 18-year recognized knowledge leader and provider of cybersecurity and enterprise IT solutions for clients in the public and private sectors.
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