With identity and information theft continuing to be the fastest growing crime in the nation, cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields.
Gulf Coast State College has one of the top cybersecurity training programs in the state.
“The goal is to put someone who can walk in your business from day one, get on that keyboard and make a direct impact that improves your security and keeps you safer,” Professor Guy Garrett said.
Congressman Neal Dunn dropped in on students Monday and discussed legislation that could help in the battle against hackers.
The bill would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to produce cybersecurity resources for small businesses, including guidelines, tools and best practices.
“60% of small businesses that get hacked go out of business within one year so this is a vitally important thing,” Rep. Dunn said.
“It’s going to give business owners a way to know what they need to be doing. For the education stand-point, it allows us to customize our training, to make sure we’re not missing something in our training,” Garrett said.
The standardized guidelines bill is on the way to the U.S. Senate. If it passes, it will be optional for business owners to adopt.