Small Business Cybersecurity Act Becomes Law

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, provides many services and resources. It’s Computer Security Resource Center, CSRC, provides access to NIST’s cybersecurity and information on security-related projects, publications, news, and events. These resources are extremely helpful to businesses that are hoping to increase their security measures.

Last month, President Trump signed the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act into law. This act is an amendment to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act. It extends the resources that NIST provides to small businesses and helps them reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Now, the NIST is required to publish technology-neutral resources based on international standards to aid small businesses. These resources must be scalable to various business sizes and data sensitivities.

Without these resources, small and medium-sized businesses were easy targets for hackers. Typically, these businesses have fewer resources and therefore weaker defenses. Many small businesses neglected to seek help for cybersecurity, or pay for cybersecurity programs due to high prices and a lack of thorough understanding.

The resources provided by the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act will help protect small businesses from cybersecurity attacks, and to keep their data safe from hackers.