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U.S. government wants to sharply increase spending on cybersecurity

Cyberthreats continue to outpace new defenses, a top official said
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a sharp increase in cybersecurity spending for next year's budget, to improve outdated government software and promote better online security for consumers.

The plan calls for a $3.1 billion fund to replace outdated IT infrastructure; a new position of federal chief information security officer; a commission to study cybersecurity problems, and a program to recruit cybersecurity experts into government roles.

The U.S has been working since 2009 to improve the nation's cyber defenses, most recently with the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which promotes better information sharing between private industry and government, said Michael Daniel, special assistant to the President and cybersecurity coordinator, in a phone briefing with reporters Monday.

"Despite this track record, the cyberthreat continues to outpace our current efforts," he said. "Particularly as we continue to hook more and more of our critical infrastructure up to the Internet, and as we build out the Internet of things, cyberthreats become only more frequent and more serious."

The U.S. has faced serious data breaches and intrusions over the past two years. An attack on the Office of Personnel Management, the federal personnel agency, resulted in the theft of data including Social Security numbers, and in some cases fingerprints, of 21.5 million people.

In November 2014, the State Department took its unclassified email system offline after it detected suspicious activity. The shutdown came just two weeks after the White House reported unusual activity on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network.

Overall, the government wants to allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity spending in fiscal 2017, a 35% increase over the current year.

The proposed $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund would be used to replace systems that pose a high risk and to investigate more modern architectures, such as cloud services.
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The plans also call for $62 million in programs, grants and scholarships to encourage graduates with the right skills to take government cybersecurity positions. The strong demand for cybersecurity professionals, and higher salaries offered elsewhere, make government positions less attractive.

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They want to bring Freedom directly through our PCs
 
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They want to bring Freedom directly through our PCs
LOL
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Yet still no plan to harden the electrical infrastructure.
   
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US Government wants to increase spending on something? That sounds very out of character for us rolleyes.gif
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They want stronger cybersecurity yet they also want to ban encryption and put backdoors in everything. Makes perfect sense. rolleyes.gif
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IMO 'security' in the US is the Master Key to the control of everything there.
 
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Posts above have already commented on the irony here but this is still a serious issue.

China are notorious for hacking the US yet they are never punished. It's sickening how slow the US response has been. China already stole tons of F35 documents. Who knows what else they've stolen on the military side? They also repeatedly attack our companies trying to steal IPs.

If they're capable of that I'm pretty sure they can easily take down our power grid.
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Yeah, I'm surprise no one went for the power gird yet. Heck bothering with diseases and such. Knock power out, watch everyone go nuts and then see the complete ugly side of the human race.

Would say more on the subject, but don't want to get in trouble.
     
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Have you ever considered that the grid is not as vulnerable as everyone states? With as many people out there hating the USA, why is nobody knocking out the grid? As stated above a prolonged massive power loss would result in millions of deaths of those who can't take care of themselves, or successfully take from others. But still, the power grid exists.
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