White House requests increased cybersecurity funding for HHS, VA

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For its fiscal year 2016 budget, the Obama administration has requested $262 million in information security funding for HHS, a 23 percent increase from 2015.

"Over the past fiscal year, Department of Health and Human Services has seen an increase in cyber threats," the administration wrote in its budget. "As threats continue to multiply and become more complex, enhanced controls and threat management strategies, as well as a mature Cybersecurity workforce — equipped with appropriate training, education and skill sets, are vital to managing evolving threats and implementing controls necessary to protect IT assets."

Other cybersecurity funding requests include a 72 percent increase for the IRS, totaling $242 million and a 7 percent increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs, totaling $180.3 million.

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