A Missouri House committee wants to cut the state’s Internet technology budget by $3.5 million, which has some officials worried.
The move is unexpected, some say, because the legislature has supported increasing IT security in recent years. The state’s IT budget for the current fiscal year, $56.6 million, is $10 million more than it was the previous year.
But the House Budget Committee passed 13 budget bills for the coming year last week, and the IT budget was reduced. Debate about the bills is expected on the House floor this week.
The proposed reductions come against the backdrop of recent cyber attacks: Twice last year, the state’s website was brought down by hackers following major developments in Ferguson.