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Govt, Commercial IT Pros Urge Small Businesses to Invest in Cybersecurity Programs

cybersecuritySome government and commercial security experts who took part in a Small Business Administration-hosted panel discussion Monday said that small businesses should implement programs to protect their critical assets from cyber threats, FedTech Magazine reported Tuesday.

Phil Goldstein writes Douglas Kramer, SBA deputy administrator, moderated the panel and told audience an SBA study found that nearly half of small businesses have experienced cyber attacks at some point.

Kramer added the agency collaborated with the Energy Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct cybersecurity training sessions for the small business community, according to the report.

Pat Toth, supervisory computer scientist at NIST’s computer security division, urged companies to utilize information technology security resources from the institute as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Trade Commission.

Stephen Cobb, a senior security researcher at ESET North America, and Matt Littleton, a cybersecurity director at Microsoft, said at the forum that cloud service providers can help companies secure their systems.

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