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FBI Budget Makes Room for Bigger Cyber Force

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Similar to the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s budget showing shifts toward cybersecurity, the FBI is reportedly to receive more special agents for cyber efforts.

A report by InformationWeek indicated the proposed Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for 2012 allots for increased funds for cyber and computer intrusion related investigations.

The House Appropriations Committee, who proposed the ball, sees the FBI in a good position to counter and mitigate threats. They have proposed that the FBI should receive its full budget request for $165.5 million.

This 13 percent budget increase from last year would fund 42 new positions and 14 with cyber expertise, InformationWeek reported. This would make for cyber squads in all 56 of the bureau’s offices and 1,000 cyber agents.

In addition, the committee reportedly wants to set aside $5 million for training of cyber agents and also has encouraged the FBI to pursue “integration of FBI cyber agents into eastern European police services,” according to the report.

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