Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) is concerned that the funding for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) may not be adequate for the next fiscal year. During the House Appropriations Committee last week, Rogers voiced his concern over the funding of the program during the testimony of Philip Reitinger, Deputy Undersecretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate and RADM Michael Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications, who each discussed cybersecurity funding for FY2011.
During his opening remarks subcommittee Chair David Price (D‐NC) said “The 2011 budget proposes $379 million for the National Cyber Security Division, an $18 million (or 4.6 percent) cut to the 2010 enacted level. Most of this reduction is attributable to one‐time 2010 costs not repeated in 2011 and projected savings that will result from hiring federal employees to work on DHS cyber security programs in place of government contractors.”
Rogers voiced his concern over the proposed cuts.
“Given the seriousness and complexities of this threat that we’re under, it is a bit disconcerting that the budget request actually calls for a decrease in the dollars put into the program — nearly five percent cut from current spending — an $18.4 million reduction. I think that’s likely to slow the rate of deployment of both Einstein 2 and 3, and slow consolidation efforts under the TIC program. It also could reduce the outreach to the private sector, which, by the way, is 85 percent of the critical infrastructure, not to mention outreach to safeguard data held by state and local governments.”
Additionally, Rogers does not feel that cybersecurity initiatives are progressing fast enough.
“I think the progress on [the CNCI] is dragging. I think they have the concept in mind and are working toward fulfilling it, but it’s going very slowly and we are way behind. Einstein 3, they tell me, was at least one year behind their schedule. That’s not satisfactory — and we’re less than half finished with the Einstein 2’s TIC program. So, I guess I’m a little discouraged that we’re not moving fast enough.”