Trump asks for $3.3 billion for DHS cyber unit in next budget

President Donald Trump is requesting $3.3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security’s FY2019 budget.

The money is for DHS’ cyber unit, which is charged with defending federal computer networks and critical infrastructure.

Here is how the funding would be distributed if Congress approves: More than $700 million to operate/support the department’s cybersecurity branch; about $225 million for cyber-readiness and response; and $460 million for federal cybersecurity.

The FY2019 request is similar to Trump’s FY2018 request.

The president’s summary document emphasizes the “important role that DHS plays in combating cyberattacks and protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure.”

“As these threats continue to evolve, DHS cybersecurity programs are more important than ever,” the blueprint continues.

The Trump budget slashes funding from the department’s Science and Technology Directorate and reallocates it to cybersecurity. Included in the additional funding is an increase in the NPPD’s research and development budget, from $11 million to $47 million.

Presidential budgets never become law, but rather serve to outline the White House’s budget priorities. [source]

Analysis: Trump is listening to his national security team which has obviously convinced him the U.S. government and critical infrastructure is far too vulnerable to cyber attack. These vulnerabilities will only increase, I believe, as artificial intelligence matures. 

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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