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New Bill May Help Small Businesses With CyberSecurity Guidance

By May 2, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

If you’re a small business owner, you may feel completely overwhelmed by the digital security threats you face, and you’re not alone. A recent survey indicated that more than 70% of all cyber-attacks are made against companies with fewer than a hundred employees. Unfortunately, those companies don’t have the deep pockets of the large multinationals, and are often ill-equipped to ward off determined attacks.

If that describes your current situation, then help will soon be on the way. There’s a new bill, the Main Street Cybersecurity Act, making its way through Congress that seeks to create cybersecurity guidance specifically tailored to small business.

The bill would require NIST to incorporate methods devised and adopted through the Small Business Development Cyber Strategy, which was enacted last year. Among other things, the new guidelines would include:

• Basic controls designed to assist small businesses in defending against common types of cyber-attack vectors

• Technology-neutral recommendations that rely on off-the-shelf products

The bill is almost certain to pass, although there will obviously be some lag between passage and the development of something truly useful. That will no doubt be an ongoing, iterative process, and as such, it won’t provide any sort of immediate help for beleaguered business owners.

Nonetheless, it is a very good sign that the government is aware of the threats small businesses face in terms of digital security, and that they’re taking steps to help address the problem.

If you’re a small or medium-sized business owner, take heart. Help is on the way, and once the new guidelines appear, if you’re worried that you may not have the staff necessary to implement them, we can help with that.

Just give us a call. We’ll put you in touch with one of our talented team members who can work with you to map out your digital security needs and craft a plan that will keep you safe and give you greater peace of mind so that you can focus on growing your business.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.