Obama proposes big increase in cybersecurity spending at DHS

President Obama proposed a 21 percent increase in the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2010 cybersecurity budget, but how the funds would be distributed remains unclear, according to the administration’s proposal released on Thursday.In his first, and relatively small, one-volume budget proposal, Obama called for $355 million in cybersecurity spending in DHS, up from the $294 million fiscal 2009 budget, “to make private and public sector cyber infrastructure more resilient and secure,” according to the budget. DHS is using most of the fiscal 2009 budget to deploy Einstein, a system to analyze civilian agencies’ systems for cyber threats and intrusions.

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