Trump Budget Blueprint Boosts Cyber Funding

The Trump administration, led by Director Mick Mulvaney’s Office of Management and Budget, released a basic outline of its budget priorities for the coming year in a March 16 budget blueprint. A fuller budget will be released in May.

As always, the devil will be in the details, and we won’t know those until May. It is clear, however, from the budget blueprint that cybersecurity is among the Trump administration’s top priorities.

“The president’s management agenda will set goals in areas that are critical to improving the federal government’s effectiveness, efficiency, cybersecurity and accountability,” an introduction reads.

The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy and Justice would receive funding for cyber critical activities.

DoD: “Lays the groundwork for a larger, more capable, and more lethal joint force, driven by a new National Defense Strategy that recognizes the need for American superiority not only on land, at sea, in the air, and in space, but also in cyberspace.”

Energy: “Supports the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s capacity to carry out cybersecurity and grid resiliency activities that would help harden and evolve critical grid infrastructure that the American people and the economy rely upon. • Continues the necessary research, development, and construction to support.”

Homeland Security: “Safeguards cyberspace with $1.5 billion for DHS activities that protect Federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack. Through a suite of advanced cyber security tools and more assertive defense of Government networks, DHS would share more cybersecurity incident information with other Federal agencies and the private sector, leading to faster responses to cybersecurity attacks directed at Federal networks and critical infrastructure.”

Justice: “The FBI would devote resources toward its world-class cadre of special agents and intelligence analysts, as well as invest $61 million more to fight terrorism and combat foreign intelligence and cyber threats and address public safety and national security risks that result from malicious actors’ use of encrypted products and services.”

A copy of the budget blueprint called America First is here