White House adviser Tom Bossert told a cyber conference on Wednesday that the Trump administration would prioritize cybersecurity by requiring departments and agencies to implement a federal cybersecurity framework and develop metrics to score them on their implementation.
The new administration will hold agencies and departments accountable for their own cybersecurity and also work to treat the entire federal network as its own entity and protect it from cyber threats,
President Trump’s first federal budget blueprint proposes $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. The budget request, which bolsters DHS funding by 6.8 percent while making deep cuts to other agencies and departments, also calls for heightened cooperation between the government and the private sector on cybersecurity. The proposed budget “safeguards cyberspace with $1.5 billion for DHS activities that protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from an attack,” according to the blueprint, which was publicly released Thursday morning.