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President's budget proposes $1.3B for DHS cyber activities

Mar. 4, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  

President Obamaís fiscal 2015 budget request would pour more than $1 billion into the Homeland Security Departmentís coffers for cyber initiatives, including funding for a new voluntary program for critical infrastructure companies and money to bolster civilian network security.

Cybersecurity funding represents about 3 percent, or $1.3 billion of the presidentís $38.2 billion funding proposal for DHS. Thatís a boost from the $792 million in cybersecurity funding Congress approved for DHS this fiscal year.

The presidentís budget includes:

■ $377.7 million for Network Security Deployment, including the EINSTEIN3 Accelerated (E3A) program, according to budget documents released by DHS. The E3A program enables DHS to detect malicious traffic targeting civilian federal networks and prevent malicious traffic from harming those networks.

■ $143.5 million for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, which provides civilian agencies with hardware, software and services to detect and fix security vulnerabilities.

■ $173.5 million for cyber and cyber-enabled investigations carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including cyber economic crime, identity theft, theft of export controlled data and child exploitation.

■ $28 million for the Homeland Secure Data Network to strengthen DHSí ability to safeguard and share classified information and to combat unauthorized release of that information. This would increase funding for these types of initiatives by $6.9 million and would help DHS meet administration mandates for defending against insider threats.

■ $8.5 million to establish a voluntary program and an enhanced cybersecurity services capability required by the presidentís cybersecurity executive order 13636.

■ $3.9 million for U.S. Secret Service Cybersecurity Presidential Protection Measures, to enable the Secret Service to audit, assess, and monitor critical infrastructure and key resources at protective sites that support a presidential visit.

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