Biden budget requests big increase for cybersecurity

Federal civilian agencies would get $10.9 billion total for cybersecurity under the fiscal 2023 budget the Biden administration unveiled Monday, an 11% increase from the prior year.

The Homeland Security Department accounts for the biggest slice, at $2.6 billion. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within DHS would soak up the vast majority of that, with a $2.5 billion overall budget request, but CISA does more than cyber, such as physical security for chemical plants.

Historically, the Defense Department’s cyber budget request outpaces the entire civilian total, but the budget documents released Monday morning didn’t specify the DOD request.

“Cybersecurity remains a top priority for this Administration, as our adversaries continue to seek new and creative means to compromise Federal systems,” one budget document explains. “The Administration has engaged top experts from across the Nation to identify leading security practices and set a bold new course to overhaul the Government’s approach to securing Federal IT.”

While DOD and DHS tend to dominate cyber dollar figures, other agencies have some specific proposals of note.

The State Department would send $682 million to Ukraine “to counter Russian malign influence and meet emerging needs related to security, energy, cybersecurity issues, disinformation, macroeconomic stabilization, and civil society resilience.” That’s $219 million above fiscal 2021 figures. (Congress only earlier this month sent the final fiscal 2022 spending bill to the president’s desk for a signature.)

Treasury’s budget for securing sensitive systems would more than double from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2023, with a $215 million request compared to the $197 million set aside in the earlier budget frame.

And the Justice Department would get an extra $52 million for cybersecurity, with money going to hiring additional agents and strengthening intelligence collection.

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