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Budget Priorities for Cybersecurity from the White House for Fiscal 2025

For the fiscal year 2025, the White House has produced a letter identifying the federal departments’ and agencies’ top cybersecurity spending goals.

This week, a paper outlining the administration’s suggested cybersecurity budget priorities for federal departments and agencies was issued by the White House.

The priorities align with the five pillars listed in the National Cybersecurity Strategy: protecting critical infrastructure, thwarting and eliminating threat actors, directing market forces toward security and resilience, investing in a secure future, and establishing global alliances centered on common objectives.

The first two of the five pillars are particularly notable because they encourage obligatory regulation for suppliers of critical infrastructure and permit a more aggressive hack-back strategy when dealing with ransomware organizations and state-sponsored threat actors.

The new memorandum on investment priorities emphasizes updating government defenses (with an emphasis on zero trust), enhancing baseline cybersecurity standards, and expanding public-private sector partnership when it comes to protecting vital infrastructure.

The purpose of the budget memo’s “mounting disruption campaigns and other efforts that are so sustained, coordinated, and targeted that they render ransomware no longer profitable” in terms of disrupting and degrading threat actors is to combat cybercrime and eliminate ransomware.

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The White House has highlighted securing software, utilizing federal procurement to improve accountability, and using federal funding programs to ensure that security is integrated into the design and construction phases of a project for the third pillar, which focuses on security and resilience efforts.

The White House suggests concentrating on bolstering the cyber workforce and being ready for a post-quantum era in order to build a more resilient future.

The Biden administration also suggests prioritizing cybersecurity investment for establishing global alliances, with a focus on enhancing international partners’ cyber capabilities and the United States’ capacity to support partners, as well as securing international supply chains for goods and services related to information, communications, and operational technology (OT).

When submitting their budget requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for FY 2025, departments and agencies have been instructed to adhere to the listed investment priorities.

“OMB and the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) will jointly review agency responses to these priorities in the FY 2025 Budget submissions, identify any potential gaps, and identify potential solutions to those gaps,” the document said. “OMB, in coordination with ONCD, will give agencies feedback on whether their submissions are adequately addressed and are consistent with overall cybersecurity strategy and policy, assisting agencies’ multiyear planning through the regular budget process.”

The White House said that a separate letter outlining the top objectives for cybersecurity research and development will be made public.

With the budget proposal for fiscal year 2024 calling for hundreds of millions of dollars more in financing for cybersecurity programs and activities, the government has been working to raise expenditure on cybersecurity.

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