DHS’ focus in FY 2014: Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure

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2013_02_janetnapolitano Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (Photo: David Stegon/FedScoop)

The Department of Homeland Security will prioritize critical-infrastructure strength and resilience in the new fiscal year, Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakers on Capitol Hill when testifying on President Barack Obama’s FY 2014 budget request.

In her April 18 testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Napolitano further noted how improving cybersecurity and preventing cybercrime will be imperative, requiring a whole-of-community approach that recognizes the importance of public-private partnerships.

Napolitano outlined five budget priorities DHS will concentrate on in FY 2014. Mission four, safeguarding and securing cyberspace, will entail augmenting the National Cybersecurity Protection System, to mitigate incursions into government computer systems, and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, to defend against cyber threats.

DHS will further forge a strategic partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Secret Service through the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force. This partnership will help “safeguard the nation’s financial payment systems, combat cybercrimes, target transnational child exploitation including large-scale producers and distributors of child pornography, and prevent attacks against U.S. critical infrastructure,” Napolitano said.

More specifically, mission four will include an allotted $200 million for federal network security, to ensure the protection of government agencies’ IT networks and to support civilian agencies in developing their own cybersecurity posture and capabilities. Network security deployment is designated $406 million for EINSTEIN, an intrusion detection system.

The U.S.-Computer Emergency Readiness Team will receive $102 million for its operations, to lead efforts to promote cyber-information sharing and manage cyber risks. DHS will support the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to widen cyber protection for all U.S. states and territories, in addition to expanding national early warnings for cyber threats.

Cybersecurity research and development will also be a priority in the FY 2014 budget, with $70 million allotted for science and technology’s R&D.

Finally, cyber investigations will continue be an integral part of the DHS cybersecurity strategy. The budget includes support for ICE and the Secret Service to provide computer forensics assistance and education for international and domestic criminal investigations as well as for the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force to prevent cyber attacks against domestic financial payment systems and critical infrastructure.

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