The latest tranche of Technology Modernization Fund investments will support network upgrades and zero trust implementation at the departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security and the Federal Trade Commission.
“This Administration is on a path to aggressively invest in defenses and shift from outdated perimeter-based defenses to a ‘zero trust’ approach that confronts our adversaries’ capabilities and intent,” Clare Martorana, federal chief information officer and chair of the TMF Board, said in a statement published Tuesday.
“These investments will implement robust multifactor authentication, encrypt government data, quickly detect and contain adversary activity, and continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities,” added Martorana, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner.
USDA will get $64 million in TMF funding to build a unified network to support and improve the cybersecurity posture of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and other program offices as part of the USDANet modernization project.
DHS will receive an investment of $26.9 million to update its Homeland Security Information Network through the adoption of a cloud-native platform to facilitate information sharing among law enforcement, first responders, government partners and the private sector.
FTC will buy a security operations center as a service using $3.9 million in TMF funds to implement a zero trust architecture as part of efforts to safeguard sensitive data and speed up response to cyberattacks.
The three agencies intend to repay the TMF funds by the end of fiscal year 2028.