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A major focus of the new US defence budget is cybersecurity

The yearly defence strategy for the United States comes up for a vote in the United States Congress, and this year it calls for a whopping $858 billion in spending, much of which will be allocated to cyber protection.

More money, more leadership posts, and expanded presidential powers are all part of the policy’s “search forward” emphasis.

Cyber Command, which leads the nation’s “hunt ahead” activities, will get $44 million in 2023 to further improve its operations. Cyber Command’s “hunt ahead” missions are “strictly defensive” cyber operations carried out at the request of ally states. The “Hunt forward” team monitors the networks of the host nation in order to identify any hostile activities.

A President’s Authority

Furthermore, the law creates the new position of Assistant Secretary of Cyber Policy inside the Department of Defense. The individual in this position will be responsible for a variety of duties, including but not limited to briefing Congress once a year on the relationship between Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.

When “an active, systematic, and continuing campaign of assaults in cyberspace by a foreign power” is being launched against the United States government or its essential infrastructure, the US President will have the authority to command operations in “foreign cyberspace,” according to the law.

The State Department is finally getting a cybersecurity office, and Nate Fick, the department’s first ambassador, will be in charge of it.

Since 2016, the United States has been the target of a series of high-severity cyberattacks, prompting the government to adopt a more aggressive approach against both local and international threat actors. Particularly severe have been ransomware attacks on government organisations and essential infrastructure, like as the one on the Colonial Pipeline that cut off oil and gas to many states in the United States.