IT executive testifies on cyber security needs in the SMB sector

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March 28, 2013
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Cyber security concerns in the business world are a growing concern for any IT Principal. However, most people hear about company hacks and data breaches and think that only big organizations need to be concerned about being targeted – that could not be further from the truth.

Last week Dan Shapero, the founder of ClikCloud and a 25-year veteran of the IT channel, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology. He spoke about cyber security and its impact on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the innovation-driven IT sector. Specifically, he covered national data breach notification (DBN) reform and workforce development.

According to Shapero, there needs to be a national DBN system in place to ensure best practices and encourage expansion of IT services across state lines. This is an area of concern as 47 states currently have DBN laws in place, which imposes duplicative costs and an undue burden on SMBs.

The other topic, workforce development, is particularly important to SMBs and their ability to recruit and retain in-house talent to help protect themselves from attacks.

"There is a skills-gap issue that is affecting the IT community as a whole," Shapero said. "There are approximately 250,000 open IT jobs in the U.S. at any given time. As the SMB community, not only are we competing with the rest of the world for this talent, we are competing against other larger U.S. companies with big names."

Cyber security is a major concern for companies of all sizes. While larger organizations have the ability to use their wallets to bring talent in, smaller companies need to get more creative and may use outside solution providers to ensure they are protected.

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