Cybersecurity gets big boost in 2016 budget

Cybersecurity gets big boost in 2016 budget

Recognizing the increasing breadth and depth of attacks on government IT systems, the Obama administration has allocated more money for cybersecurity in its 2016 budget in an effort to strengthen defenses and make cyberspace more secure.

In the President’s budget request, overall IT spending is tabbed at $86.4 billion. That breaks out to $37.3 billion for defense IT and $49 billion for non-defense. An increase in cybersecurity spending is driving the increase, according to acting federal CIO Lisa Schlosser.

The 2016 budget has $14 billion in cybersecurity spending, about a 10 percent increase over 2015 funding. The majority of the cyber funding goes to Department of Defense, Schlosser said in a Feb. 2 briefing.

In addition to military cyber programs, some of the high-priority strategic areas include expanding federal network security, research and development, workforce programs, and outreach to the private sector.

The DHS budget includes $480 million for federal network security, including a detection system, dubbed Einstein 3, that analyzes and deflects potentially risky inbound traffic to federal networks. Another $102.6 million goes to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program at DHS, an initiative intended to gives agencies access to an array of commercial tools for detecting and mitigating cyber vulnerabilities.

The budget also taps $105 million to expand the U.S. Digital Service, which will take on some cybersecurity responsibilities. USDS would scale up to operate across every CFO Act agency (except the Department of Defense) and would help build agency teams, increase oversight and accountability for IT spending, improve IT procurement and improve agency cybersecurity and cyber readiness, according to the budget fact sheet.

A longer version of this article first appeared on FCW, a sister site to GCN.

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