Increased security seems to be on the mind of everyone this year. The President made promises to increase Cybersecurity in his State of the Union Address. President Obama’s budget calls for the strengthening of government cybersecurity while reducing overall information technology spending by more than a half-billion dollars. The document provides a roadmap to the administration’s thinking on the direction it wants to take on cybersecurity. The White House Proposal supports a number of research and development projects the administration envisions to promote a secure and reliable cyberspace.

The National Science Foundation would receive $110 million for basic research initiatives aimed to secure the nation’s critical information infrastructure, the mostly privately owned networks that control the flow of money, energy, food and other vital things that make society function.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, under the budget, would get $86 million above current levels to fund research for a number of projects, including ones focused on cybersecurity.
The budget proposes spending $769 million to support the operations of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Division, which safeguards federal computer systems and sustains efforts under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative to protect American information networks from the threat of cyberattacks and disruptions. Some $202 million of the DHS IT security budget would go to improve government-wide continuous monitoring of vulnerabilities in government IT systems.

Several key Senators have banned together to propose new legislation to codify some of the authority the Obama administration has granted the Department of Homeland Security over federal civilian agency IT security. The legislation would create the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications within DHS to coordinate federal efforts to battle cybersecurity threats facing the government and the nation’s critical information infrastructure, […]