Cybersecurity gets nearly billion-dollar increase in DoD FY 2017 budget request

February 28, 2016

Department of Defense officials are requesting $6.7 billion for cyber operations in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 base budget request. This is an increase in cyber funding of $0.9 billion compared to the FY 2016 enacted base budget.

The Department developed the 2015 DoD Cyber Strategy in response to the growing cybersecurity threats and to guide efforts to defend the United States against cyberattacks of “significant consequence.” According to the budget documents the “new cyber strategy focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD’s three primary cyber missions: to defend DoD networks, systems, and information; defend the Nation against cyberattacks of significant consequence; and provide cyber support to operational and contingency plans.”

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