Program to bolster cybersecurity of emerging small businesses

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering $3 million in new funding for state governments to help emerging small businesses across America develop their cybersecurity infrastructure. 

As part of the Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program, through the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, state governments are eligible to compete for grants that will help deliver cybersecurity assistance to nascent and start-up business owners. Applications will be accepted from through March 3.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have adopted technology at high rates to survive, operate, and grow their businesses. As a result, cybersecurity has become increasingly important as now, more than ever before, small business owners face cyber risks and challenges that could disrupt their operations and competitive advantages,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.

Eligible applicants are comprised of state governments that seek to provide training, counseling, remediation and other tailored cybersecurity services for emerging small firms in multiple industries. Grantees will be awarded up to $1 million to assist small businesses.

Funding details and requirements are available at Grants.gov under “Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot” (Funding Opportunity Number SB-OEDCS-22-001/CDFA 59.079) offered by the SBA. Applications must be submitted by the stated deadline on the official grant application portal as stated in the funding announcement.

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services related to cybersecurity, visit  www.sba.gov/cybersecurity.