by VICTORIA VALDERRAMA
Another day, another government agency data breach. In an effort to curb the seemingly endless barrage of cyber attacks, the White House is asking congress for $19 billion to strengthen security at U.S. agencies.
“The cyber threat continues to outpace our current efforts,” Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, said in a call with reporters Monday night.
He outlined president Obama’s long-term plan to strengthen the government’s security systems and combat the rising threat of sophisticated network intrusions.
As a part of Obama’s 2017 federal budget proposal- which congress can approve, reject, or fashion into its own- the White House is seeking to pour money into a long term national cybersecurity strategy. The action plan, which would increase cybersecurity spending by 35% from last year, calls for an overhaul of the government’s outdated network.
A fund of $3.1 billion would be set aside for agencies to update and a new White House position would be created to oversee cybersecurity improvements across federal agencies.
The nation’s top information officer, Tony Scott, said that the budget includes a $62 million investment to meet the explosive demand for cybersecurity professionals.
The funds would bolster scholarship programs for tech-minded Americans who want to work at government agencies.