Commentary: Small businesses need to play a bigger part in government plans for cybersecurity

July 31, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a field hearing last week in Laurel to discuss the role of small businesses in the cybersecurity efforts of the United States.

What follows are excerpts from the testimony:

Jennifer Walsmith, senior acquisition executive for the National Security Agency

The small-business community plays an important and integral role in strengthening our cybersecurity efforts and programs.

The mission of the NSA Office of Small Business Programs is to ensure that small businesses, including veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned (SDVOSB), historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone), disadvantaged and women-owned concerns have maximum practicable opportunity to participate in NSA acquisitions. The Department of Defense small-business performance goal for NSA is 25 percent of prime contract dollars. As of June 30, 2011, NSA’s small business performance is 17.33 percent. We are working diligently to increase our small-business utilization.

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