‘Build Back Better’ bill focuses on targeted Federal cyber needs, adds $250M for Technology Modernization Fund

“Lawmakers will resume debate when Congress returns next week on a sprawling ‘Build Back Better’ bill that would add another new layer of cybersecurity funding on top of the cyber provisions in the infrastructure modernization package passed and sent to the president last week…”

“Michael Hettinger of Hettinger Strategy Group observed, ‘The $1.75T package takes a slightly different approach to cyber funding than the original reconciliation bill, with investments that are more targeted toward identified needs — securing federal information systems, cloud security, industrial control systems, cyber training and state and local grants. With these additional funds, plus the increases CISA is likely to see via the FY22 appropriations bill, it will be critical for CISA to ensure they have enough and the proper resources to carry out these programs in line with congressional intent.’

But he added, ‘That said, missing from the new approach is dedicated funding to help agencies implement the requirements of the cybersecurity executive order, including those focused on multi-factor authentication and zero trust. Ensuring implementing the cyber EO gets the attention it deserves must be a priority.’

The House reconciliation measure includes language added by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) providing $250 million for the Technology Modernization Fund to upgrade federal systems, $200 million for the GSA Federal Citizen Services Fund, and $50 million for the OMB IT Oversight and Reform fund…” Read the full article here.

Source: After infrastructure passage, ‘Build Back Better’ bill would add more help for states, industrial control system security initiatives – By Charlie Mitchell, November 9, 2021. Inside Cybersecurity.

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