HELENA, Mont. – To protect Montana businesses and encourage strong cybersecurity practices, the Montana Department of Commerce has launched  the Montana Cybersecurity Program. Through the program, the Department of Commerce will award small to medium-sized Montana businesses up to $8,000 in reimbursement for newly implemented cybersecurity measures paid to an accredited Montana cybersecurity company.

“Cyberthreats are a continuous and pervasive danger to the digital assets, intellectual property and personal information upon which much of the real value of a business is determined,” said Scott Osterman, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “We encourage all Montana businesses to use the Montana Cybersecurity Program to gain the expertise and strategies needed to protect their customers, employees and business value from the effects of a cyberattack. No company big or small is immune from these nefarious actors, who can strike anytime from anywhere.”

Cyberattacks on all businesses, particularly small to medium-sized businesses, are becoming more frequent, targeted, and complex. The Cybersecurity Program provides funds to directly assist small to medium-sized businesses with cybersecurity monitoring and security. Commerce has allocated approximately $2 million for this purpose.

For more information, visit the State of Montana's ARPA website. For eligibility guidelines or to apply to the program, click here. Applications are due by May 30, 2023.

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