CIO Council sets funding priorities for cybersecurity

CIO Council sets funding priorities for cybersecurity

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

SEPT. 14—The Chief Information Officers Council has identified $48.3 million worth of fiscal 2001 budget requests for cybersecurity that the CIOs believe will form "a solid, day-to-day foundation" for agency security efforts.

"No matter how much we spend on security, our systems that are connected to the Internet will be vulnerable to dedicated, sophisticated hackers for the foreseeable future," wrote Energy CIO John M. Gilligan, Commerce CIO Roger W. Baker and State CIO Fernando Burbano in a memo to Congress. The three head up the council's security, privacy and critical infrastructure efforts.

They said a recently launched Web repository at bsp.cio.gov will share the best security practices that agencies have found. The council and the General Services Administration are working to increase incident reporting to the Federal Computer Incident Response Center (FedCIRC), they said.

The cybersecurity initiatives in the fiscal 2001 request include:

  • $11.2 million for National Science Foundation information security scholarships
  • $10 million for FedCIRC
  • $7 million for Treasury's public-key infrastructure work
  • $6 million for the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office
  • $5 million for a Critical Infrastructure Protection Expert Review Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • $5 million for NIST study of critical infrastructure protection technologies
  • $3 million for the Computer Emergency Response Team
  • $600,000 for the Web repository effort
  • $500,000 for NIST support to the CIO Council and GSA

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