The Trump administration will invest in securing federal networks and infrastructure, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra told the House Homeland Security Committee cybersecurity subcommittee Tuesday.
“Cybersecurity remains one of the most significant strategic risks to the United States. The past several years have seen a steady drumbeat of cybersecurity compromises affecting the Federal Government, state and local governments, and the private sector,” said Manfra. “This administration will make significant investments in cybersecurity. In the recently-released budget blueprint, the president requested $1.5 billion for DHS to safeguard cyberspace by protecting federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack.”
Protecting federal networks requires “more than performing a routine check-up – or ‘taking the temperature' – if you will, and then just moving on," committee Chairman Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas. "It means listening to input from those who are actually on the front lines, and then building upon what we learn to ensure that federal network security is worthy of the trust placed in it by the American people."