President-elect Joe Biden proposed a $ 9bn (£ 6.6bn) injection of funds to shore up the US’s cybersecurity capabilities, enhancing the work of the Agency for Cybersecurity and Information Security ( CISA) of the country, along with a broader security improvement throughout the federal territory. government.
The package, the details of which can be found here, is part of the American Rescue Plan, a $ 1.9 trillion aid package unveiled on January 14, which also provides for Covid-19 aid, among other things. The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic in the world, with nearly 400,000 deaths at the time of this writing.
“In addition to the Covid-19 crisis, we are also facing a crisis when it comes to the nation’s cybersecurity,” the plan says. “Recent cybersecurity breaches in federal government data systems underscore the importance and urgency of strengthening America’s cybersecurity capabilities.
“President-elect Biden calls on Congress to launch the most ambitious effort ever to modernize and secure federal IT and networks.”
The proposals are designed to help remediate the impact of the December 2020 SolarWinds Solorigate / Sunburst breach, a long-running cyber espionage campaign likely carried out at the behest of Moscow, that has impacted multiple federal government agencies as well as Tech companies, too. as well as to bolster the US defenses around the Covid-19 vaccine process, which has attracted the attention of malicious actors.
The initial investment of $ 9 billion will help CISA and the General Services Administration (GSA) launch a series of new shared information and cyber security services, as well as comprehensive cyber security upgrades at other federal agencies.
Additionally, Biden proposes to invest a total of $ 300 million to build new secure technology programs at the GSA, $ 200 million to increase contracting for new cyber security technology and engineering expertise, and $ 690 million to improve security monitoring. and incident response throughout the government. .
Meanwhile, Biden’s team has formally appointed Anne Neuberger as deputy national security adviser for cybersecurity, as previously reported, along with a number of other national security appointments.
“These dedicated public servants will be critical to keeping the American people safe and building the capacity to prepare for and respond to the full spectrum of threats we face, from cyber intrusions to network attacks, from potential future pandemics to deliberate acts of terror. Biden said.
“They will strengthen our resilience to natural disasters and work with our allies and friends to ensure that democracies establish the cyber rules of the road.”