Morning Security Brief: Cybersecurity Funding Up in Defense Budget, Update on Egypt, and PC Security
The U.S. federal budget is allocating more money to the Defense Department for cybersecurity than ever before; unrest continues in Egypt, and Windows version 8.1 will have enhanced security including the support of biometrics.
► Cybersecurity funding is a growth area in the federal budget in the coming years, despite sequestration and cuts to several other defense areas. The Washington Post reports that over the next five years, the Department of Defense will spend $23 billion on cybersecurity, and is “seeking more than $4.6 billion for cybersecurity in fiscal 2014 alone—an 18 percent jump from 2013.” The report goes on to say that “The requested yearly amount is even higher for fiscal 2015, at $4.7 billion, but decreases to $4.5 billion by 2018.”
► Unrest in Egypt continues after the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi nearly two weeks ago. NBC News reports that at least seven supporters of the deposed leader were killed overnight during clashes with security forces in the capital city of Cairo, and 261 were injured. While the United States government gives $1.5 billion in aid annually to the country currently in turmoil, that package has been under review recently since the power-shift was supported by Egypt’s military. According to U.S. law, aid must be revoked for countries undergoing a military coup, but according to the news article, “Western leaders have stopped short of declaring the July 3 transition a coup.”
► In other news, PC World is reporting that Windows version 8.1 will include better default security , have enhanced encryption methods, and support the use of biometrics, like a fingerprint reader, to authenticate users onto their profiles.