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*** The Congressional Budget Office weighed in on a pair of Senate bills that seek to boost cybersecurity protections among small businesses. The Small Business Cyber Training Act would require the Small Business Administration to create a new certification program for cyber counseling and provide up to $350,000 a year to subsidize cyber security planning for small businesses. The CBO said implementing the legislation would cost about $2 million total between 2020 and 2024.

The SBA Cyber Awareness Act would require the SBA to report annually to Congress on its IT security, recent security incidents, potential areas for improvement, and its reliance on Chinese parts, components and systems. The CBO determined that most of that information is already collected by SBA, and said the bill would have no budgetary impact if passed into law.

*** The Army's Enterprise IT as a Service initiative looks to integrate commercial cloud into the service's backbone and infrastructure. The Army already has some individual commercial cloud implementations along with all of its homegrown infrastructure. EITaaS is an effort to move deeper into a commercial cloud while leveraging the investments the Army already has in place. Read more in GCN.

Posted on Apr 25, 2019 at 12:41 AM


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