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Committee on Small Business Invites Cbeyond's Weber to Congressional Cyber-Security Panel



Committee on Small Business Invites Cbeyond's Weber to Congressional
Cyber-Security Panel

ATLANTA, March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the
technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that senior
vice president and general counsel William H. Weber will provide expert
witness Thursday Mar 21 before the Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
of the Committee on Small Business, at a hearing titled 'Protecting Small
Businesses Against Emerging and Complex Cyber-Attacks.'

Scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office
Building in Washington D.C., the hearing will examine the increased volume and
complexity of cyber-attacks as it affects emerging technologies - such as
cloud computing and mobile technology - utilized by small businesses.

Weber will brief the committee on ways small businesses are using cloud
technology to grow and compete, and on how Cbeyond helps protect its customers
from emerging cyber-security threats. Weber will also provide Committee
members with policy recommendations designed to help educate and secure small
businesses against attacks from cyber-criminals.

"Small and medium businesses are increasingly looking to the cloud to help
them grow, and it's a great idea for Chairman Graves to hold this hearing.  I
look forward to the opportunity to help the subcommittee members understand
both the incredible security benefits the cloud can provide as well as the
cyber-security issues that most impact small and medium businesses," said
Cbeyond's Weber.

According to subcommittee Chairman and U.S. Representative Sam Graves,
Internet technology has the potential to transform the way small businesses
operate and compete in the 21st Century.  However, as new technologies are
deployed, additional opportunities for cyber-criminals exist to attack firms
and steal their valuable information. As stated in an April 2012 study by
Symantec, nearly 20 percent of all cyber-attacks were directed to small
businesses with less than 250 employees. The statistics also show that nearly
60 percent of small businesses will close within six months after a
cyber-attack.

Other expert witnesses invited to the hearing include representatives from
CompTIA, McAfee and Rackspace.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, is
the technology ally for small and mid-sized business.  Our private,
proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and
enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers.  Since
1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and
service innovation.  We were the first company to build an all-IP network
specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative
sales and service professionals onsite.  Today, our expanded portfolio helps
customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage
infrastructure.  Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA.
 It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come from
referrals.  For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow
Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

The Cbeyond logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16243

CONTACT: Helga Ojinmah
         (678) 370-2243
         helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com

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