By Jill R. Aitoro
A government research company estimates that about a third of the
Defense Department's $4 billion request for spending on IT security is
included in general spending on various departmental programs and not
coded specifically as spent on information systems security, making it
difficult to track the Pentagon's total cybersecurity spending,
according to a report released on Monday.
More than $1 billion of Defense's IT security budget is embedded in106
information technology programs and not specifically identified in the
department's fiscal 2009 IT security budget request, according to a
report issued by Government Insights, an IDC company that focuses on the
federal IT market.
Of the more than 2,000 line items in Defense's fiscal 2009 IT budget
request, 52 are coded specifically for information systems security,
totaling $2.9 billion, the report noted. Funding for the highly
confidential Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, which the
Bush administration began putting together in 2007, is likely contained
in one or more of the programs, because there is no separate line in the
budget for the initiative, the report concluded.
In addition, the research firm estimated that another $2 billion of
information security spending in the intelligence community was not
accounted for in the total IT security budget request.
"A significant part probably goes to defense intelligence and
intelligence-related 'black' programs, whose funding and even existence
is often not revealed but are hidden in other programs," according to
Mark Kagan, author of the report.
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