Inglis: First rule of cyber education is budget accountability –


Inglis: First rule of cyber education is budget accountability

Chris Inglis takes a question during a Naval Academy cybersecurity event May 2, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jon Quinlan) 

Cyber budget accountability — knowing not just what was spent, but how — is key to workforce education on cyber, according to the national cyber director.

Chris Inglis said part of his office’s responsibility is accounting for “cyber dollars: the purpose for which they’re spent, to track those, to see whether the execution matched the aspiration.” But that also extends to making sure what is spent on cyber is appropriate, he said. 

“I think that we can also use that and intend to use that within the executive branch to first make sure that …we’ve got the right strategy, that we’ve got the right execution of those dollars,” Inglis said during the Sept. 14 Intelligence and National Security Summit hosted by AFCEA International and the Intelligence National Security Alliance.

That money spans technology needs, training, and getting the doctrine right, Inglis said. Within the executive branch, he suggested, it could lead to “some degree of coherence” and