Senate approves $1.9B in cybersecurity funding for the Pentagon
Senate Democrats on Monday approved a $1 billion cybersecurity funding bill that includes $800 million for the Defense Department, and the House is expected to vote on a similar measure next week.
The measure passed with support from the Senate Armed Services Committee, which includes Democrats as well as Republicans.
It also passed the House by a vote of 338-62, with the support of both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Armed Services panel.
The bill passed in part with bipartisan support in both chambers, as well.
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The legislation is expected as part of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.
It includes $600 million for cyberweapons, $200 million for a National Cybersecurity Infrastructure Investment Program, $600,000 for cybersecurity training for military and contractor personnel, and $300 million for Cyber Operations and Threats Assessment and Response (COTSAR).
It also includes $500 million for an interagency joint task force on cybersecurity, $500,000 to establish a National Security Network Security Assessment Center, $400,000 toward a Cybersecurity for Defense Act, $300,000 towards a National Military Security Strategy, and another $400 million to support a National Network Analysis Center.
The legislation also includes an $11.9 billion cybersecurity strategy that directs the Defense Secretary to conduct assessments of cyber threats to the military, the homeland, and other critical infrastructure.
On the House side, the Cybersecurity Appropriations Act, which would fund cybersecurity through 2019, passed 257-137 with support in the House Appropriations Committee.
The Senate Armed Forces Committee approved the bill by a 224-137 vote.
The House bill includes $1 trillion in cybersecurity spending for 2019, which is more than $1,500 per member of the Armed Forces.