CompTIA welcomes US govt's IT spending plans


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 16 March, 2021


CompTIA welcomes US govt's IT spending plans

IT industry association CompTIA has welcomed new US President Joe Biden’s new American Rescue Plan Act, arguing that it will strengthen US cybersecurity capabilities while advancing IT modernisation.

Among the wide-ranging measures of the new plan are a US$1 billion ($1.29 billion) additional investment in the Technology Modernisation Fund, which aims to help government agencies modernise IT infrastructure and deliver services more efficiently and securely.

Meanwhile, the new measures also include a $650 million investment in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) for cybersecurity risk mitigation to safeguard the federal government’s .gov domains and networks.

Finally, the United States Digital Service will receive $200 million to support its missions of delivering better government services to US citizens through technology and design.

CompTIA Todd Thibodeaux said these are welcome and much needed investments.

“The technology investments in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 address two critical needs. Adding to the Technology Modernisation Fund will allow local, state and federal governments to replace ageing IT systems with emerging technologies that will enable them to deliver essential services to constituents in a more efficient and secure manner,” he said.

“Funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency [meanwhile] provides more support to strengthen our cybersecurity capabilities to address ongoing threats.”

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