Another lawmaker is pushing Congress to allocate more money to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity defenses.
According to reports, John Katko (R-NY), a member of the House National Security Committee ranking, has presented a budget proposal that would increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber wing by 25 percent, to $ 2.5 billion for fiscal year 2022.
In theory, the proposal, along with President Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity, could lead to more federal contracts for MSSPs (managed security service providers), although MSSPs should meet the new requirements of the IT service provider. described by the order of Biden.
President Biden has proposed an allocation of $ 2.1 billion for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), which amounted to an increase of $ 110 million from the level enacted in 2021. In early April , the Office of Management and Budget released Biden 2022’s discretionary funding application to begin the annual appropriation process in Congress.
“In order for CISA to be able to compete against nefarious nation-state actors such as China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, it must be equipped with tools of equal or greater measure,” Katko wrote in the budget proposal, which was revised by The Hill. “The United States remains the most advanced nation in the world in terms of cyber capabilities, although we continue to see devastating and preventable cyberattacks every few months.”
Earlier this year, CISA received $ 650 million under the U.S. rescue plan law, an amount Katko called a “down payment.”
The MP opposed an increase in the CISA budget just days after representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) urged the House Appropriations Committee to allocate at least $ 400 million more to CISA’s budget for fiscal year 2022. CISA’s response to the massive RussianWinds Orion attack linked to Russian-supported cyber operators and the vast infiltration of Microsoft Exchange Server by the China-sponsored Hafnium piracy crew , Langevin and Gallagher wrote to the Committee that “CISA continues to provide services to the rest of the U.S. government to identify threats and tighten federal networks against future attacks, as far as its resources allow. “
The three members of Congress are joining increasingly strong calls for funding to bolster the country’s cybersecurity defenses. The president of the House Energy and Commerce, Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), ranking member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Reps Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) ask the House Appropriations Committee to provide $ 750 million for a fund to protect telecommunications networks.
Katko has been a constant advocate of cybersecurity. More recently, he joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to reintroduce the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act to establish a $ 400 million grant program aimed at helping lower-level government agencies erect digital barriers to cyberattacks . When the law was first introduced in late 2020, Katko vowed to “put cybersecurity at the forefront and work to move forward with comprehensive measures that strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses.”
Cybersecurity lags behind in the infrastructure package proposed by the White House, which is unlikely to get bipartisan support, without allocating money to defend the country from cyber attacks against critical infrastructure targets.