Federal Government and Small Businesses: Promoting Greater Information Sharing for Stronger Cybersecurity, Hearing Before the Committee on Small Business, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, November 15, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is from the November 15, 2017 hearing "Federal Government and Small Businesses: Promoting Greater Information Sharing for Stronger Cybersecurity," held before the Committee on Small Business. From the opening statement of Steve Chabot: "Advances in information technology, IT, have helped small businesses rapidly increase their productivity, enter new markets that were once out of reach, and offer consumers new and innovative services and products. However, IT has advanced so quickly that it has been difficult to keep pace with the ever-growing cyber threats. Cybercriminals and foreign bad actors have more opportunities than ever to steal intellectual property, consumer data, and hold small business IT systems hostage for financial gain. In 2016 alone, the United States Department of Justice recorded nearly 300,000 cybersecurity complaints. Our Committee's examinations of these increasing concerns have revealed that federal agencies are making a serious effort to better coordinate and dis-tribute cybersecurity resources directly to small businesses. How-ever, there are still challenges to ensuring that small businesses are as protected as possible from cyber attacks. One of the major hurdles continues to be the lack of information sharing between public and private sectors. Information sharing is a fundamental component for a strong and effective cybersecurity defense, not just for small businesses, but for America's network as a whole. The federal government must make every effort possible to ensure that small businesses have both the resources and the confidence they need to actively engage with the federal agencies tasked with protecting our critical infrastructure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rob Arnold, Ola Sage, Morgan Reed, and Thomas Gann.

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