President-elect Joe Biden announced funding to modernize secure IT and lure cyber talent to the public sector as part of his plan to stimulate the economy and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. But cybersecurity experts remain skeptical that the newfound funding focus will be enough to draw the necessary talent.
Noting a “crisis when it comes to the nation’s cybersecurity” and referencing the recent SolarWinds breach in his American Rescue Plan, Biden proposes a $9 billion investment to “help the U.S. launch major new IT and cybersecurity shared services at the Cyber Security and Information Security Agency (CISA) and the General Services Administration and complete modernization projects at federal 18 agencies.”
The plan specifically pointed to $200 million filtering to the Information Technology Oversight and Reform fund to hire cybersecurity experts that support the federal chief information security officer and U.S. Digital Service, $300 million for technology transformation services at the GSA to push forward secure IT projects and $690 million for beefing up cybersecurity across federal civilian networks and piloting shared security and cloud computing services.
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