2017 budget is ‘make or break’ for cybersecurity

May 24, 2016

Scott Maucione

The fiscal 2017 budget is a “make or break” point for cybersecurity and the federal government, said a top Department of Homeland Security official.

“The Department of Defense has gotten, I think from my civilian perspective, pretty steady and good funding for what they are trying to do in [U.S.] Cyber Command,” said Andy Ozment, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS. “Relatively speaking [we have] not put as much funding into civilian government cybersecurity. If we are going to be serious about this, we have to put the dollars there.”

The 2017 president’s budget request asks Congress for $19 billion to support a broad-based cybersecurity strategy and for enhancing critical infrastructure. That is a 35 percent increase over the 2016 budget.

Almost $7 billion of that is going to the Defense Department for executing DoD’s cyber strategy and defending DoD’s systems. The money also supports the Cyber Mission Forces, which are tasked with defending the cyber homeland and undertaking contingency operations.

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