FBI asks for more than $100M in cyber and data-related increases for 2023

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May 25, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The FBI is asking for an additional $106 million in its fiscal 2023 budget to address a range of cybersecurity issues, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in prepared testimony before a congressional committee Wednesday.

The cyber-related requests make up nearly a third of the $324.6 million needed for various “program enhancements” Wray said, which range from threats from foreign intelligence services, international and domestic terrorism and IT upgrades needed to process an increasing amount of data generated as part of the FBI‘s investigative work.

The FBI is asking for a $10.8 billion overall budget for fiscal 2023, a six percent increase over this year’s total.

“Throughout these last two years, the FBI has seen a wider-than-ever range of cyber actors threaten Americans’ safety, security, and confidence in our digitally connected world,” Wray said in prepared remarks submitted to the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

Threats ranging from supply-chain compromise to intellectual property theft to espionage have become more complicated, he said, as there’s “no bright line where nation-state activity ends and cybercriminal activity begins.” The FBI took more than 1,100 actions

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