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The White House Wants $19 Billion to Prevent the Next Big Hack

The budget proposal calls for creation of a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

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President Barack Obama today unveiled the White House’s proposal for the next fiscal year’s cyber security budget. The administration is asking for billions in increases to improve cyber security and overhaul federal IT systems, as it plans on establishing new programs for both the government and general public.

The budget, according to a statement from the White House, requests $19 billion for federal cyber security initiatives, a 35 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

Specifically, the plan lays out a path to create a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The commission, which the White House says will be composed of experts from outside the government, will offer recommendations on how best to improve cyber security for both the government and the public.

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