Cybersecurity program for Montana businesses extended
News from the Montana Department of Commerce
MONTANA — To protect Montana businesses and encourage strong cybersecurity practices, the Montana Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that the Montana Cybersecurity Program has been extended until December 31.
“We know that small businesses are often the target of cyberattacks,” said Scott Osterman, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “That’s why the Montana Department of Commerce is excited about extending the Montana Cybersecurity Program to continue to provide funding that directly assists our small to medium-sized businesses with cybersecurity monitoring and security.”
Through the program, Commerce reimburses small to medium-sized Montana businesses up to $8,000 for investing in cybersecurity measures through an accredited Montana cybersecurity company.
The program has already helped a variety of Montana businesses, including Sókn Engineering, Inc., a woman-owned and focused STEM company located in Whitefish. Last December, the company determined the need to update its firewall and network security to better protect its business systems. Sókn worked with Kalispell’s Endpoint Utility Corp to develop a cybersecurity strategy necessary to run a successful and safe business. In January, Sókn was then reimbursed over $1,200 from the Montana Department of Commerce’s Cybersecurity Program.
“We were so appreciative of the streamlined process and efficiency on the Montana Department of Commerce’s part, as well as for the reimbursement, which is so vital for small businesses like ours,” said Cassie Monaco, CEO of Sókn Engineering.
Information and the application process can be found online. Applications are due by December 31.