Tag Archives: Customs and Border Protection

CBP to Terminate 2 Border Barrier Construction Contracts

Border Wall

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is canceling two contracts for border wall construction projects in the Laredo sector in Texas. The move came more than a month after DHS unveiled its plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for border barrier projects.

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Linda Jacksta Joins Deep Water Point; Debbie Dowling Quoted

Linda Jacksta

Deep Water Point (DWP) announced Wednesday that Linda Jacksta, a senior border and security intelligence officer from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has joined the company. Jacksta worked for CBP for 35 years and led efforts to address multiple border security threats and operational challenges. 

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DHS CoE Issues Document on E-Commerce Risk Reduction; Theophilos Gemelas Quoted

DHS Science and

A Center of Excellence (CoE) supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported about how emerging technologies can address the risks brought by cross-border e-commerce. The University of Houston-led The University of Houston-led Borders, Trade and Immigration (BTI) Institute reported that e-commerce widens the potential for immigrants to violate trade laws and deliver dangerous products, DHS said Friday.

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Sonny Bhagowalia: CBP’s Cloud Data Management Process Has Built-In Cybersecurity

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, chief information officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said the agency has baked in cybersecurity measures as part of its process for managing the life cycle of data in a cloud computing environment. Bhagowalia said on the Federal Monthly Insights show that CBP uses cloud technology to manage privacy and protect sensitive agency data from advanced persistent threats. 

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President Biden Nominates John Tien, Jen Easterly, Robert Silvers for DHS, CISA Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated U.S. Army veterans John Tien and Jen Easterly to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), respectively. Tien has been a managing director at Citigroup since 2011 and served as senior director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

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CBP’s Alma Cole: Migrating Network User Identities to Cloud is Key to DHS Zero-Trust Security

Alma Cole

Alma Cole, chief information security officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said migrating network user identities to the cloud from legacy systems is key to enabling the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to have a zero-trust security. The official said the department would then be able to control which network portions can be accessed by on-premise and external users.

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Acting CBP CIO Sonny Bhagowalia Appointed to Full-Time Role

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, who recently served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) acting chief information officer, has been appointed to take up the role on a full-time basis. Bhagowalia held the CIO role at the Interior and Treasury departments, Hawaii's state government and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, making his new CBP job his fifth time as a government CIO.

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Customs and Border Protection Issues Privacy Impact Assessment for ‘CBP One’ Mobile App

Customs and Border

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a mobile application in Oct. 2020 and conducted a privacy impact assessment to help address privacy risks associated with the use of the CBP One app. CBP One seeks to serve as a single portal to various services offered by the agency and is designed for use by travelers, brokers, importers, carriers and international organizations.

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DHS S&T Launches Collaborative Effort to Support Aerial Border Security; Teddy Damour Quoted

DHS Science and

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has commenced an effort to demonstrate its aerial surveillance technologies in support of security at the U.S.-Canada border. The Congress-supported effort will make use of small unmanned aircraft systems and other types of drones to simulate air domain threats.

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Sonny Bhagowalia: Data Centers Play a Critical Role in CBP Operations

Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia, acting assistant commissioner for information and technology and chief information officer at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said managed data centers still play a key role in supporting the operations of CBP. He said CBP has implemented a hybrid approach that uses cloud and on-premises data centers as it advances information technology modernization and carry out its mission. 

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