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U.S. federal government proposed cyber security spending FY 2020-2021

For the FY 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested a total of 2.6 billion U.S. dollars for its entire cyber security budget, making it the second-largest budget among the CFO act government agencies. The Department of Defense (DoD) had the biggest proposed cyber security budget with a request of almost 9.85 billion U.S. dollars. Overall cyber security spending in the United States is projected to decrease in 2021 with total proposed agency cyber security funding in for that year amounting to 18.78 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 in FY 2020; 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 16.94 billion U.S. dollars in FY 2019 to 18.79 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 2018, U.S. government agencies reported 31,107 cyber incidents, an approximately 11.8 percent increase from the previous year. The government and military accounted for 5.6 percent of data breaches in the United States in 2019, down from eight 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 2020 to FY 2021

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

FY 2019

Special properties

CFO Act agencies

Supplementary notes


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.

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