DHS wants budget to back cybersecurity efforts

Department requests an addition $81 million for cybersecurity

Just how the Obama administration manages cybersecurity has yet to be laid out in detail, but the Homeland Security Department is expected to maintain an important role, and the department’s budget request for the coming fiscal year includes additional money for the job.

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Homeland Security Committee last month that the department is seeking an additional $75.1 million to help it develop and deploy cybersecurity technologies to counter “ongoing, real-world national cyber threats.” Defensive tactics would include deploying “effective analysis and risk-mitigation strategies to detect and deter threats” across government.

The department is asking for a total of $37.2 million for cybersecurity research, an increase of $6.6 million, to support “science and technology in addressing critical capability gaps identified in the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative,” established late in the Bush administration. “Specifically, this effort will develop technologies to secure the nation’s critical information infrastructure and networks,” Napolitano said.

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