President Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure proposal would allocate billions of dollars to improve U.S. cybersecurity and network defenses.
Billions of dollars would be allocated to improve the country’s cybersecurity defenses and modernize networks in the event that President Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure proposal to secure the nation’s critical systems gets approval. of Congress.
The U.S. Employment Plan, as the White House has called the measure, would include funding to improve energy infrastructure at the state and local levels to secure the power grid, improve cyber defenses, upgrade technology, expand broadband, and more. advances.
“Cybersecurity is a key part of the resilience and infrastructure construction of the future and the US Employment Plan will allocate opportunities and resources to strengthen cyber defenses,” the White House said in a fact sheet basic elements of the proposal. The draft summary of the Employment Plan follows the President’s executive order on cybersecurity of 12 May 2021.
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The $ 1.52 trillion budget, which currently only serves as a White House wish list, includes $ 52 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CISA umbrella agency. The CISA discretionary application amounts to an increase of $ 110 million over the level enacted for 2021.
Cybersecurity lags behind the $ 2.25 trillion proposed by President Biden’s infrastructure package, which is unlikely to garner bipartisan support, without allocating money to defend the country from cyber attacks against critical targets. infrastructure.