By Aliya Sternstein // November 8, 2013
The size of the federal budget for computer security is hard to believe -- not because of the dollars involved, but because such spending is nearly unquantifiable.
Consider this history lesson: In 2011, the White House proposed dedicating $2.3 billion to cybersecurity across the Defense Department for fiscal 2012.
Officials at the Air Force, for their part, released a separate budget document that said the service planned to spend $4.6 billion on cyber. That's right: The Air Force planned to spend twice what the White House attributed to the entire Defense Department.
After an exasperating attempt to reconcile these wildly different numbers, an effort that entailed repeated calls to multiple Pentagon components that, in turn, passed the buck to other components, a department spokeswoman explained the Air Force was improperly counting "things" that are not typically considered cyber in its request. Defense also revised it's cyber spending estimate and provided a higher total budget -- $3.2 billion.
Now, the administration's Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel claims the White House has dedicated $14 billion to cybersecurity across the entire government.
Flabbergasted as to how the administration was able to identify cyber things at every agency to come ...