President Obama has earmarked $14bn for cyber security and defence in the administration’s 2016 budget report.
The White House said that the funding was vital to ensure that the US can protect itself in the online world, where businesses and the government face an ever-widening range of threats.
“No system is immune to infiltration by those seeking to steal commercial or government information and property or perpetrate malicious and disruptive activity,” the White House said.
“The budget provides $14bn to support cyber security efforts across the government to strengthen US cyber security defences and make cyber space more secure, allowing the government to more rapidly protect American citizens, systems and information from cyber threats."
A further $105m has been put aside to increase the digitisation of government services. This will include enhancing cyber security and cyber readiness and government departments.
Concerns over cyber security are high in the US after a major attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment which saw vast amounts of sensitive corporate data stolen and made public, and forced the firm to temporarily halt the release of the film, The Interview.
The budget proposed by president Obama also puts aside $3bn to increase the focus on education around science, technology, engineering and maths. The administration said that $125m of this would be used to encourage girls and other under-represented groups into these subjects.
The importance of creating a new generation of cyber-savvy individuals is something the UK government is also pushing, through funding for teaching initiatives and upgrading the education curriculum to teach more relevant skills.
The US funding put forward in areas like security and education dwarfs the figures the UK government has touted in these arenas, with £830m put aside for cyber security in the UK.
To date this funding has been seen as doing a good job at boosting the cyber defences of the UK, although concerns around the number of skilled cyber defence workers remain.
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