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President Donald Trump May 23 requested $967 million to tackle cybersecurity issues that impact the government and U.S. companies in his fiscal 2018 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security
The cybersecurity request is part of a $44.1 billion request for the department, approximately 4 percent more than it received in fiscal 2017.
The cybersecurity funding is sought for three main National Protection and Programs Directorate areas: $721 million for cybersecurity operations and support; $241 million for procurement, construction, and improvements; and $5 million for research and development.
In a May 23 statement, DHS said “cybersecurity remains a critical mission” for the department and the budget request would fund “both ongoing and new cybersecurity initiatives.”
Samir C. Jain, Washington-based cybersecurity partner at Jones Day and a former senior director for cybersecurity policy for the National Security Council at the White House, told Bloomberg BNA May 23 that cybersecurity is an area “with significant bipartisan agreement.”
The cybersecurity goals that the Trump administration has laid out, including in a May 11 cybersecurity executive order, “will require sustained investment to modernize technologies,” Jain said.
Norma M. Krayem, senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight LLP in Washington and co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Team, told Bloomberg BNA that given the executive order and the global impact of the WannaCry ransomware attack, “it’s clear that cyber is an imperative that has to be addressed.” The inclusion of new cybersecurity funding in the FY 2018 budget request is telling in an environment where many other programs were proposed for cuts, she said.
The federal government’s FY 2018 begins Oct. 1.
Trump’s recent cybersecurity executive order called on the government to support owners and operators of critical infrastructure. Trump said his objective was to use the executive branch to “support the cybersecurity risk management efforts of the owners and operators” of critical infrastructure.
Funding for DHS in fiscal 2016 was just over $48 billion, according to Bloomberg Government data. The omnibus FY 2017 budget provided 42.4 billion for DHS spending.
Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at the George Mason University, told Bloomberg BNA May 23 that the DHS budget request allocates a “significant amount” of money for border security operations.
The DHS FY 2018 budget request also includes:
Allocations sought for other components of DHS include:
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