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[ISN] DHS budget would double cyber spending to $769 million
By Aliya Sternstein
The Homeland Security Department nearly doubled its 2013 funding request
for cybersecurity in an otherwise slimmed-down budget.
There is bipartisan support for improving computer network defenses, so
the outlook may be positive for obtaining much of the proposed $769
million from Congress. The funding would go toward the National Cyber
Security Division for protecting federal networks and coordinating with
the private sector on safeguarding critical infrastructure systems such
as utility grids.
In 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asked for $459 for
the division. The Infrastructure Protection and Programs Directorate,
which oversees the program and other cyber-related initiatives, also
would be boosted from $888.2 million in estimated spending this year to
$1.2 billion in fiscal 2013. By comparison, the Pentagon has asked for
only a $200 million increase over last year's $3.2 billion cyber
"Essential services, ranging from disaster assistance to Social Security
to national defense . . . rely on a safe, secure and resilient
government information and communications infrastructure," President
Obama stated in his budget. "Threats to this infrastructure -- whether
from criminal elements or nation-states -- continue to grow in number
and sophistication, creating the potential that essential services could
be degraded or interrupted, and confidential information stolen or
compromised, with serious effects."
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