New law addresses cybersecurity threats to small businesses in MO

New law addresses cybersecurity threats to small businesses in MO
A new bill signed into law is expected to help businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks. (Source: Raycom Media)

MISSOURI (KFVS) - A new bill signed into law is expected to help businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks by expanding resources to help them protect their data.

The NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act will ensure that the National Institute of Standards and Technology updates its guide for how organizations and businesses can better manage and reduce cybersecurity risks.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration data, small businesses in Missouri make up 99.4 percent of all Missouri businesses. The state has 523,459 small businesses, employing more than 1 million workers.

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A December 2016 report from the Missouri Cybersecurity Task Force called for increased support for small businesses around cybersecurity threats.

Sen. Claire McCaskill backed the bill and it was signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, August 14.

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