Last month, we learned that within the U.S. government, "a shortage of cybersecurity professionals... may constitute a national security risk." (We wrote about that here.)
Well, now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is upping its game.
Not by much, but it's a start
The U.S. government doesn't have a great track record for prioritizing cyber security. It's one of those things that gets talked about from time to time - but talking and doing are two different things. Public and private security threats remain a pressing problem.
The good news is that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to contract research in cyber security over the next five years via a Broad Agency Announcement, with some funds set aside to sponsor that effort.
The problem is that the amount of funds dedicated to solving the most urgent problems pale in comparison to the size of the problems themselves. This plan will not resolve the cyber security crises the government is seeking to address - but it does reflect a positive shift in priorities.
Forrester will release a report in early August covering the details of the plan: what's funded, what's not and what it means to the private enterprises who stand to benefit from a stronger federal cyber security stance: stay informed here.
In the meantime, take a moment to consider your own prioritization of cyber security. What percentage of your budget fuels your research and implementation efforts?