By Elizabeth Montalbano
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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