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The Biden Administration’s FY 2023 Budgetary Commitment to Funding Cybersecurity

On March 28, 2022, the White House released President Biden’s $5.8 trillion proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2023. During President Biden’s time in office, cybersecurity has emerged as a key priority for the Administration. The President’s budget has shown a dedication to this issue by committing to an 11% increase in cybersecurity funding for civilian agencies to strengthen cyberdefense, improve investigative capabilities across the government, and shift towards Zero Trust. The budget request also includes increased spending on efforts to upgrade government systems and to detect and respond to emerging cyberattacks.

The budget includes $65 billion, an increase from $58.4 billion requested in FY 2022, for Information Technology (IT) at 24 civilian agencies in FY 2023. This money will be used to deliver critical public services, keep sensitive data and systems secure, and further the Administration’s goal for an effective and efficient Government. Of the IT funding, $10.9 billion will go towards cybersecurity measures for non-defense agencies’ cybersecurity funding, which supports the protection of Federal IT and the Nation’s most valuable information, including Americans’ personal information.

The budget allocates $2.6 billion, the largest civilian funding portion, to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with $2.5 billion going to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a $500 million increase from FY 2022.

Breakdown of CISA’s $2.5 Billion Funding

Per the budget, CISA’s funding breakdown includes:

  • $545 million for procurement, construction, and improvements
  • $425 million for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program
  • $175 million for securing and increasing resilience for privately-owned critical infrastructure.

CISA would also receive $8 million for operating a Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, and Cyber Safety Review Board called for in Biden’s Executive Order 14028 on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.” The Cyber Safety Review Board reviews major cyber events and makes recommendations to improve the cyber landscape in both the private and public sectors to advance national cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Funding for Civilian Agencies

The budget would ensure that civilian agencies receive funding to protect their systems and the US citizens they serve. The Department of the Treasury would receive $215 million for cybersecurity protections for department systems and to speed up its response to damaging hacking attacks, up from $197 million in FY 2022. The Department of Justice would receive $52 million to hire additional agents focused on cybersecurity and strengthening intelligence collection. The FBI would also receive $52 million to hire more agents focused on investigating cybercrime and provide them with intelligence collection and analysis tools. Additionally, the budget includes $36 million for the Department of Commerce to review sales of technology products that could pose security risks to the United States.

DoD’s Massive Cyber Budget

Historically, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) cyber budget request is larger than the entire civilian agency sector combined, with this budget request following the same pattern. The President’s budget includes $11.2 billion to fund cyberspace activities, a one billion increase from the FY 2022 request. In addition, the Department of Defense would receive funding to operationalize a Zero Trust architecture for the DoD, bolster the cybersecurity of defense contractors, and add five more teams to the Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force. The Cyber Mission Force was established in 2012 to serve as the US Cyber Command’s action arm for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, including preserving the ability to use cyberspace capabilities and project power through cyberspace.

Certified Cybersecurity Options for Civilian & DoD Agencies

It’s crucial that you maximize the Administration’s allocated funding and increase your cyber fitness. Acronis SCS will help you with this journey to become #CyberFit with purpose-built certified solutions to address the needs of the Federal government’s civilian and DoD agencies.

Acronis SCS Cyber Protect Cloud takes a multilayered approach to block ransomware and other cyberthreats while supporting recovery to secure civilian agencies. It has the highest level of encryption and security possible while complying with HIPAA, CJIS, FIPS 140-2, and NIST 800-171.

When leveraging Acronis SCS data centers, your data is fully protected and housed on US soil, thus meeting the Federal government’s mandate that their data never leave the US.

With the highly sensitive data in the DoD, our Acronis SCS Cyber Backup 12.5 Hardened Edition is the optimal choice for protecting air gapped ‘no internet networks. Our on-prem backup and recovery software ensures data and systems are protected no matter the mix of legacy and modern systems, proprietary and non-proprietary applications, or different hardware requirements. In addition, our hardened backup is the only full-disk image backup and disaster recovery point solution on the DoDIN APL. It also earned a Common Criteria certification under server and agent protection profiles and FIPS 140-2 validation.

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US-Based Support Professionals

When choosing Acronis SCS, your organization gains access to security-conscious support professionals who are US persons and located in Scottsdale, Arizona. No matter the fix, you maintain complete control over your systems and data – we never remote in or pass data to third parties.

We are experts in securing the sensitive environments of the Federal government. Contact us today to learn more about investing your cybersecurity funding wisely.

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