Well this is good news for those of us in the world of government cyber security. Of course this plan is only Obama’s proposed budget … still a lot more wrangling ahead of us. The Department of Defense would receive $800 million more than last year for a total of $4.7 billion. The Department of Homeland Security would also get a $44 million boost to spend on cyber security information sharing and research.
Obama’s budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins October 1, calls for more military “hackers” to head off escalating cyber threats from China, Iran, Russia and other countries. It would also bolster defenses for government and private-sector computer networks.
Intelligence officials said last month that cyber attacks and espionage have supplanted terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States, and military officials sounded the alarm as well.
“Lock your doors,” Air Force General Robert Kehler told space and cyber industry executives at a conference in Colorado on Tuesday. “Someone from halfway around the world is trying to get into your network looking to steal what you are developing.”
The Pentagon said the spending would be used to beef up U.S. defenses against increasing cyber attacks, as well as boosting its offensive capabilities.