Crow’s Bill to Address Cyber Security at Small Businesses Passes the House Unanimously

July 15, 2019
Press Release

The SBA Cyber Awareness Act would expand cyber security operations at the Small Business Administration by requiring the SBA to issue a report assessing the agency’s ability to combat cyber threats 

Today, the House passed by a voice vote Rep. Jason Crow’s bill, the SBA Cyber Awareness Act (H.R. 2331). The bill, which Crow introduced alongside Representatives Troy Balderson (R-OH), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Steve Chabot (R-OH), was originally introduced in April. The bill now heads to the Senate where it also enjoys bipartisan support. 

Video of Rep. Crow’s remarks on the House floor can be found here

“Cyber attacks have the ability to shut down small businesses and destabilize our economy. This bill helps protect millions of small businesses served by the SBA and puts them on the best footing possible to deal with our 21st century threats,” said Crow. “I’m proud to have such strong bipartisan support for this bill and to deliver for the millions of small businesses that are the backbone of our economy.”

The bill would expand cybersecurity operations at the SBA by requiring the Small Business Administration to issue a report assessing the agency’s ability to combat cyber threats within six months of passage. Specifically, the report would disclose: SBA’s cybersecurity infrastructure; the SBA’s strategy to improve cybersecurity protections; any equipment used by the SBA and manufactured by a company headquartered China; and any incident of cyber risk at the SBA and the agency’s actions to confront it. Finally, recognizing that a cyberattack to the agency could put the sensitive information and intellectual property of small businesses at risk, the bill would require SBA to notify Congress of future breaches with information on those affected and how the breach occurred.

The bill is Crow’s first standalone bill to get a vote in the House. Crow’s first bill, the End Dark Money Act, passed the House in March as part of We the People Act, H.R. 1, and has since been incorporated into the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. Last week, the House passed Crow’s Military Installation Resilience Assuredness (MIRA), which addresses the impact of climate change on our national security, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2500). 

Crow is a member of the House Small Business Committee and chair of the Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee. In Colorado, small businesses employ 1.1 million people. The state is home to over 610,000 small businesses of which 15% are minority-owned.