The government began 2015 by becoming heavily involved with cybersecurity and its definition in the United States. President Barack Obama offered a proposal for new cybersecurity legislation to a variety of criticism and feedback. Most recently, he requested that $14 billion be earmarked for cybersecurity in 2016's fiscal budget.
"Cyberthreats targeting the private sector, critical infrastructure and the federal government demonstrate that no sector, network or system is immune to infiltration by those seeking to steal commercial or government secrets and property or perpetrate malicious and disruptive activity," a White House summary said.
This would be a 10 percent increase from the past budget, according to Computerworld. But will it improve cybersecurity in the U.S.?
How the changes in cybersecurity started
All of the fuss over cybersecurity and what it means in the U.S. began with the various cyberbreaches that affected retailers such as Target and Home Depot in 2014. Customers became fearful of how their payment information was being protected. The last straw seemed to be the controversial cyberattack on Sony Entertainment.
These attacks have made the corporate world reconsider its cybersecurity measures. Many companies have come to realize that there is no perfect way to implement these protections, but it's absolutely necessary to establish safeguards to prevent information from being stolen. According to a report by the United States Government Accountability Office, cyberattacks increased from 29,000 to 48,562 between 2009 and 2012. The report found that the roles, strategies and responsibilities of the government's cybersecurity needs to be more defined to prevent the loss of sensitive information.
Where it's going
According to RE/CODE, Obama's choice to raise the cybersecurity budget was made to better protect federal and private networks from cyberattacks. Details of the request included improved intrusion detection and prevention capabilities. More funding would also boost programs such as monitoring and diagnostics for federal computer networks, which is the core of intrusion detection for government entities.
Cybersecurity has been a huge expense for the government, with the source reporting that the Pentagon spent $5.5 billion on related issues. Organizations of every kind outside of the government have been encouraged to invest more in cybersecurity. Basics such as email encryption and firewalls have become necessary tools for every company. The government's involvement with this process has pushed the idea of cybersecurity being absolutely crucial for an enterprise in any industry.