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President Obama Wants to Pump $14B into Cybersecurity Programs

cyberPresident Barack Obama is seeking $14 billion in funding to bolster the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts under the fiscal year 2016 budget plan, Reuters reported Monday.

Alina Selyukh and Andrea Shalal write the president’s annual budget proposal contains provisions to implement additional threat detection and prevention systems, facilitate data sharing between the government and private sector, and boost attack response programs.

The budget plan seeks to pump $5.5 billion in funding into the Pentagon’s cybersecurity systems, the report says.

Obama also wants government to further its partnership with the private sector through a planned $227 million in investment to build a cyber campus, according to the report.

Reuters reports the budget proposal also calls for $160 million in funding to bolster the information technology and cybersecurity of the Energy Department‘s National Nuclear Security Administration weapons program.

The Agriculture Department‘s chief information officer and the FBI could receive $28 million and $15 million, respectively, in cybersecurity funding if Congress approves the proposal, according to the report.

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