“While President Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget requests relatively flat funding for information technology governmentwide, a greater portion of the funds are expected to go toward security.
Some of the money for new cybersecurity investments will come from dollars saved by shifting infrastructure to the cloud, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told reporters on Wednesday.
The proposed overall IT budget is $79.5 billion, a slight increase over last year’s $79 billion proposal. The Obama administration is attempting to save money by phasing out costly in-house systems and outsourcing the equipment and services to Web-hosting companies that offer access to the same tools via remote, shared servers. The so-called cloud-first policy directs agencies to consider acquiring Web-based IT instead of developing new systems, if the cloud products are equally secure.”