FBI, SBA and Commerce
Department Form Alliance to Promote
Information Technology Security for America's Small
Washington, DC - June
12, 2002 - The nation's small businesses will have
better access to computer and information technology
security resources, and be able to assess their information
The National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA),
and the Commerce Department's National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) today signed a partnership
agreement to provide computer and information technology
security to help small businesses across the nation
safeguard their information systems.
The interagency agreement
was signed at the NIPC's Second Annual InfraGard National
Congress in Niagara Falls, NY, and will serve to promote
computer protection and security for America's small
businesses and to identify information security vulnerabilities.
The InfraGard Conference
is being held at the Holiday Inn Select, June 10-13,
with attendance by private industry representatives
from the 65 local InfraGard chapters and the FBI InfraGard
coordinators from the 56 FBI field offices. A keynote
addresses will be delivered by Richard A. Clarke, special
advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security.
The NIPC, the SBA and
NIST will cosponsor an upcoming series of computer and
information security workshops. The workshops are scheduled
for July 11 in Washington, D.C., at the SBA's headquarters,
August 2 in San Francisco at the SBA's San Francisco
District Office, and September 26 in Chicago at the
Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law at
the John Marshall Law School.
The protection of information
is one of the most valuable assets of an organization,
and is critical to the operation of a small business.
An increasing number of businesses rely on information
technology for storing, processing and communicating
information. Information security provides a sound foundation
for business success by safeguarding financial and customer
records, and business strategies. It serves to protect
against threats and vulnerabilities and to ensure business
Ninety-nine percent of
all U.S. businesses are small businesses of 500 employees
or less. Small business is where many of the innovations
take place. Swifter, more flexible and often more daring
than big business, small firms produce many of the items
that fuel the nation's economy. A vulnerability common
to a large percentage of them could pose a threat to
the national economy.
Emphasis will be placed
on training small business owners to identify the needed,
cost-effective security products, processes, and services
making them more educated consumers. The workshops will
show business owners what tools and techniques are needed
for good information security and the technology used
to safeguard critical information.
For more information on
the computer security workshop, visit online at http://csrc.nist.gov/securebiz/.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration provides financial, technical and management
assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their
businesses. For more information about all of the SBA's
programs for small businesses, call the SBA Answer Desk
at 1-800 U ASK SBA or TDD 704-344-6640, or visit the
SBA s extensive Web site at http://www.sba.gov.
, serves as the focal point for threat assessment, warning,
investigation, and response for threats or attacks against
critical government infrastructures. Additional information
on the NIPC's Second Annual InfraGard Congress can be
found online at http://www.infragard.net/.
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