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Saturday, June 12, 2021

60 percent of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack are out of business within six months

Congressman Daniel Webster
Congressman Daniel Webster

Friday, I introduced the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2105). As an owner of a multi-generational small business, I understand the importance of equipping and empowering small businesses to tackle challenges so they can grow and prosper. Small businesses play a vital role in the economy of the United States, accounting for 54 percent of all U.S. sales and 55 percent of U.S. jobs. They are also a major target of cyberattacks, which are particularly harmful to them as 60 percent of small businesses that suffer a cyberattack are out of business within six months.

This bill will provide small businesses in my district, state and across the country with the tools they need to meet the threats and challenges of the modern world.

On Thursday, President Trump signed S. 544 – the Veteran’s Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.  Established in 2014, the Veterans Choice Program allows veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility in a timely or convenient manner to receive care from eligible non-VA health care providers. Despite fund still being available, the program was set to end on Aug. 7.  The bill eliminates the sunset date so veterans can continue receiving care while further VA reforms are developed and put in place. It also authorizes the VA to be the primary coordinator of benefits under the Veterans Choice Program, reducing veterans’ out-of-pocket costs and aligning the Veterans Choice Program with the VA’s other community care programs.

Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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