A proposed law would make cyber strategy certification the norm among a percentage of Small Business Development Center employees.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) last month introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation proposing a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Cyber Training Act, which would require 10 percent of SBDC employees to get certified in cyber strategy counseling.

Peters, a member of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, introduced the legislation in the Senate with Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois).

U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), chair of the House Small Business Committee, and Dwight Evans (D-Pennsylvania) introduced the companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in our country each year, and they need the right tools and skills to identify cyberthreats and protect their customers and their livelihoods,” Peters said.

Keith Brophy, state director of the MI-SBDC at Grand Valley State University, said the MI-SBDC has been helping small businesses in Michigan address cyber safety via an online resource called Small Business, Big Threat that it debuted in late 2015.

Not all SBDCs have such programs, he said, but this legislation might change that.

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