The White House released its budget today for the fiscal year 2023, which includes up to $5.8 trillion to bolster cybersecurity defences for federal departments. The Biden administration said it “reprioritized cybersecurity by strengthening resilience at home and accelerating cooperation with allies and the private sector.” This move, the administration says, will further strengthen military resources and further enhance cyber resiliency. Additionally, money dedicated to cybersecurity will aid in protecting against attacks launched by threat actors. Further, the White House is asking for funding for the civilian sector of nearly $10.9 billion. They money would be used to provide resources to train emerging security professionals.
This is without doubt, the undeniably right thing to do, regardless of the current situation in Ukraine. Due to the increase in ferocity and sophistication in global and targeted cyberattacks, there are less places to remain safe from inevitable increases in attacks. It is continually important for countries to reassess and sometimes reprioritise where finances are placed in order to fully and robustly protect businesses as well as national infrastructures. Providing training for emerging security professionals is no longer a nice-to-have and is now seen as a necessity and therefore must be provided for by the same pool of money.