“While the president’s budget proposal for 2021 would largely maintain current funding levels for cybersecurity across the government, it would deliver at least one notable casualty: the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.”
“The budget would put $18.8 billion toward cybersecurity across government—with $12.8 million less than the 2020 request—and significantly increase dollars to be spent at select departments, particularly Energy, Treasury and State, according to an analytical perspective the White House released.”
“NIST runs MEP centers in all 50 states with current efforts focused on assisting small- and medium-sized businesses with cybersecurity, among other things such as innovation, growth strategies, process improvements, workforce training, supply chain optimization and exporting, according to the Congressional Research Service…”
“One source weighing in on the idea of cutting the MEP centers said the program has ‘absolutely’ been helpful to small businesses in the manufacturing sector, but that with a president focused on saving taxpayer dollars, more should be done to show their worth…” Read the full article here.
Source: President’s Budget Would Axe NIST Program Meant to Help Small Businesses with Cybersecurity – By Mariam Baksh, February 11, 2020. Nextgov.