- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2012

Cybersecurity is expected to be one of the few areas of defense spending that will increase next year, as the Pentagon rolls out its budget numbers for 2013 on Monday.

Although the full figure will not be released until later in the day, a preview offered by Defense Secretary Leon M. Panetta last month suggested that “cyber is one of the few areas in which we actually increased our investments.” The increased spending will include both defensive and offensive measures.

A four-year review of U.S. defense policy directed “more investment” in “long-range strike, and space and cyber-space [capabilities] in order to project power, deter aggression, and come to the aid of allies and partners.”

Total federal spending on cybersecurity is set to grow at almost 9 percent a year over the next five years, increasing from just more than $9 billion in 2011 to about $14 billion in 2016, according to Herndon, Va.-based Deltek market research consultants.

This compares to a 2 percent annual growth rate for federal spending on information technology in general, Deltek said in recently published research.