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Cybersecurity among top goals of Obama's $4.1-trillion budget blueprint

Cybersecurity among top goals of Obama's $4.1-trillion budget blueprint

President Obama unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday that earmarks $19 billion for a wide range of cybersecurity projects, including $3.1 billion to replace out-of-date federal computer systems that are vulnerable to attack.

The investment, a more than 35% increase over last year, underscores a long-delayed shift in U.S. government priorities to recognize the constant barrage of attacks on government agencies, major companies and crucial infrastructure as a major threat to U.S. national security.

The Obama administration has scrambled to boost cyber defenses for federal agencies and crucial infrastructure as foreign-based attacks have penetrated government websites, email...

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