Proposed federal spending by the U.S. government on cyber security for selected government agencies from FY 2019 to FY 2020
(in million U.S. dollars)
U.S. federal government proposed cyber security spending FY 2019-2020
For the FY 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested a total of 1.92 billion U.S. dollars for its entire cyber security budget, making it the second-largest budget among the government agencies. The Department of Defense (DoD) had the biggest proposed cyber security budget with a request of 9.6 billion U.S. dollars. Overall cyber security spending in the United States is projected to increase by approximately 5 percent in FY 2020. Total proposed agency cyber security funding in 2020 is 17.44 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. government and cyber security spending

The White House released a National Cyber Strategy in September 2018. The overall increase in cyber security spending strongly correlates with the White House’s plan to increase military spending. However, the DoD is the only department with such a significant increase in cyber security spending; most civilian agencies are preparing for budget cuts. Overall, cyber security spending of the U.S. government on CFO Act and non-CFO Act agencies is projected to increase from 14.98 billion U.S. dollars in FY 2018 to 17.44 billion U.S. dollars in FY 2020.

U.S. government and cyber crime

The U.S. government is a prominent target for cyber crime. In 2017, U.S. government agencies reported 35,277 cyber incidents, an approximately 14 percent increase from the previous year. The government and military accounted for eight percent of data breaches in the United States in 2018, up from 4.7 percent in the previous year. Common types of cyber attacks directed at the U.S. government are e-mail or phishing attacks, improper usage, and loss or theft of equipment.
Proposed federal spending by the U.S. government on cyber security for selected government agencies from FY 2019 to FY 2020
(in million U.S. dollars)
2019*2020*
Department of Agriculture480311
Department of Commerce403392
Department of Defense8,7439,643
Department of Education139143
Department of Energy520557
Department of Health & Human Services474460
Department of Homeland Security1,9211,919
Department of Housing & Urban Development3525
Department of Justice824881
Department of Labor9394
Department of State363400
Department of the Interior103111
Department of the Treasury505422
Department of Transportation224232
Department of Veterans Affairs530513
Environmental Protection Agency4445
General Services Administration7980
National Aeronautics & Space Administration169171
National Science Foundation239224
Nuclear Regulatory Commission3229
Office of Personnel Management4547
Small Business Administration1616
Social Security Administration225205
U.S. Agency for International Developmen6844
Non-CFO Act Agencies382372
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

FY 2018

Special properties

CFO Act agencies

Supplementary notes

*Requested

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is United States legislation that defines a comprehensive framework to protect government information, operations and assets against natural or man-made threats.

CFO Act agencies are those agencies designated in the CFO Act (with the addition of DHS and minus the Federal Emergency Management Agency). In practice, the CFO Act agencies are the 24 largest Federal agencies in terms of budget; the 23 civilian CFO Act agencies are the CFO Act agencies plus the Department of Defense.

U.S. federal government proposed cyber security spending FY 2019-2020
For the FY 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested a total of 1.92 billion U.S. dollars for its entire cyber security budget, making it the second-largest budget among the government agencies. The Department of Defense (DoD) had the biggest proposed cyber security budget with a request of 9.6 billion U.S. dollars. Overall cyber security spending in the United States is projected to increase by approximately 5 percent in FY 2020. Total proposed agency cyber security funding in 2020 is 17.44 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. government and cyber security spending

The White House released a National Cyber Strategy in September 2018. The overall increase in cyber security spending strongly correlates with the White House’s plan to increase military spending. However, the DoD is the only department with such a significant increase in cyber security spending; most civilian agencies are preparing for budget cuts. Overall, cyber security spending of the U.S. government on CFO Act and non-CFO Act agencies is projected to increase from 14.98 billion U.S. dollars in FY 2018 to 17.44 billion U.S. dollars in FY 2020.

U.S. government and cyber crime

The U.S. government is a prominent target for cyber crime. In 2017, U.S. government agencies reported 35,277 cyber incidents, an approximately 14 percent increase from the previous year. The government and military accounted for eight percent of data breaches in the United States in 2018, up from 4.7 percent in the previous year. Common types of cyber attacks directed at the U.S. government are e-mail or phishing attacks, improper usage, and loss or theft of equipment.
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