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Homeland Security Plans Cybersecurity, Data Center Investments




Homeland Security Plans Cybersecurity, Data Center Investments
Homeland Security Plans Cybersecurity, Data Center Investments



http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222600862 

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
February 2, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to invest nearly $900 
million in fiscal 2011 on technology projects that include bolstering 
cyber security and continued work on a data center consolidation project 
that's already underway.

Other IT priorities listed as part of the department's proposed $56.3 
billion budget, unveiled Monday, include improvements to an existing 
Internet-based verification program that lets employers check that 
someone is legally allowed to work in the United States and technology 
for airport security.

Overall, DHS said that protecting the United States against terrorism 
and other threats and promoting fiscal responsibility and efficiency 
within the department are its top priorities for fiscal 2011 funding.

DHS is asking for $379 million to go to its National Cyber Security 
Division (NCSD) to develop capabilities for preventing and responding to 
cyber attacks. The department plans to use the money to identify and 
reduce vulnerabilities within both its .gov and .com Internet domains, 
officials said on a conference call.

NCSD is a division within DHS that's meant to work collaboratively with 
public, private, and international organizations to secure cyberspace 
and the U.S. government's cyber infrastructure. At the same time that 
it's investing in cybersecurity, the Obama administration has made 
several key appointments to oversee such efforts, including 
cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt.

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