Network Security

Trump budget bumps up DHS budget for cybersecurity, proposes cuts for other agencies

President Donald Trump's proposed budget would allocate $1.5 billion to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for cybersecurity in the upcoming fiscal year in addition to a $228 million on federal IT modernization.

"DHS would share more cybersecurity incident information with other federal agencies and the private sector, leading to faster responses to cybersecurity attacks directed at federal networks and critical infrastructure," according to a budget blueprint released by the White House.

Other agencies such as the Justice Department and the FBI would see an uptick in budget dollars for cybersecurity. 

“The FBI would devote resources toward its world-class cadre of special agents and intelligence analysts, as well as invest $61 million more to fight terrorism and combat foreign intelligence and cyber threats and address public safety and national security risks that result from malicious actors' use of encrypted products and services,” the budget blueprint said, noting an increase of $249 million, or 3 percent, from 2017 for counterterrorism, law enforcement and counterintelligence activities. “In addition, the FBI would dedicate $35 million to gather and share intelligence data with partners and together with the Department of Defense (DOD) lead Federal efforts in biometric identity resolution, research, and development.”

While the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will see a cut to funding, a chapter on the White House budget penned by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said that “For the first time, this budget includes discrete cyber program investments that align budget resources with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. This will enable the alignment of budget, risk, and performance data in a consistent way across all federal agencies.” 

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