2 February 2015
Cybersecurity in the US FY16 Budget
FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
We also must look beyond the issues that have consumed us in the past to
shape the coming century. This Budget provides the resources we need to defend
the Nation against cyber-attacks. No foreign nation, no hacker, should be
able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy
of American families. In addition to increasing funding to protect our Nation
against cyber-attacks, I continue to urge the Congress to finally pass the
legislation we need to meet this evolving threat.
The Budget also confronts threats such as Ebola by strengthening U.S. global
health security and continues to invest in the Nations cybersecurity,
while supporting efforts to maintain technological superiority.
GSA will invest $1.25 billion in construction and acquisition priorities,
including the next phase of the consolidated Department of Homeland Security
Headquarters and the first phase of a Civilian Cyber Campus.
For workers who need job training to get back on their feet, the Budget provides
$16 billion over 10 years to double the number of workers receiving training
through the workforce development system. This training would focus on industries
that are expected to experience significant growth in the coming decades,
such as health care, energy, advanced manufacturing, transportation and
logistics, cybersecurity, and information technology.
Maintaining Technological Superiority. Technological superiority enables
the United States to project power to dangerous environments, defend against
threats in all domains, and continuously adapt, innovate, and prevail as
new threats arise. Maintaining this superiority is becoming increasingly
challenging as potential adversaries have accelerated their investments in
modernizing their militaries, and as disruptive technologies have proliferated,
resulting in growing threats where U.S. access had formerly been assured.
The Budget makes needed investments in DOD and National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) procurement, and research, development, test and evaluation
(RDT&E) to address this challenge and maintain technological superiority.
Base budget funding for DODs procurement and RDT&E accounts
which took disproportionate reductions under sequestration to achieve rapid
savings in recent years and funding for NNSA increase to $190 billion,
a $22 billion, or 13 percent, increase compared to the 2015 enacted level.
With this funding, the Administration is prioritizing investments in
cybersecurity; missile defense; nuclear deterrence; space; precision strike;
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and air and sea capabilities
for projecting power and operating in denied environments. In addition, DOD
recently announced in November 2014, the establishment of a broad,
Department-wide initiative to pursue innovative ways to sustain and advance
U.S. military superiority for the 21st Century and improve business operations
throughout the Department. The Defense Innovation Initiative will pursue
breakthrough technologies and new concepts of operations to enhance the U.S.
militarys dominance even as the diffusion of disruptive technology
to potential adversaries makes the future operating environment more challenging.
Scientific discovery and applied research are central to all these efforts,
and thus the proposed funding for DODs RDT&E accounts includes
$12 billion for science and technology investments in areas including quantum
information science, cognitive neuroscience, nanoscience, synthetic biology,
autonomy, cybersecurity, and countering weapons of mass destruction, among
Addressing Cyber Threats. Cyber threats targeting the private sector,
critical infrastructure, and the Federal Government demonstrate that no sector,
network, or system is immune to infiltration by those seeking to steal commercial
or Government secrets and property or perpetrate malicious and disruptive
activity. Addressing these threats requires a comprehensive approach that
brings all elements of government together with private industry, academia,
and the public, while also protecting individual privacy. The Budget identifies
and promotes initiatives and priorities, including the deployment of intrusion
detection and prevention capabilities and enhancement of Government information
sharing capabilities with the private sector so that they can be more vigilant
and better protect themselves against emerging threats. It also makes investments
in cyber research and development to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity defenses
and make cyberspace inherently more secure. In addition, the Budget includes
funding to enhance U.S. capabilities to respond to cyber threats and incidents
once they have occurred, begin building a civilian cyber campus to better
share information on cyber threats and incidents with those being targeted,
improve the ability to share evidence of cyber-crimes with other nations,
and maintain efforts to increase the Nations cyber workforce.
As cybersecurity challenges continue to impact Federal agencies, the protection
of the Governments information and information systems has become critical
to protecting national infrastructure. The Budget funds key investments to
enhance the Federal Governments cybersecurity posture. These include
Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring of Federal systems, the EINSTEIN intrusion
detection and prevention system, and Government-wide testing and incident
response training to mitigate the impact of evolving cyber threats. These
resources will allow the Government to more rapidly protect American citizens,
systems, and information from cyber threats.