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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Cybersecurity Strategy

Document Posting Date: 
July 20, 2016

Given the integral role that technology plays across the agency, CBP recognizes the direct link between strong cybersecurity and mission effectiveness. Terrorists and criminals launch new cyber attacks against CBP every day in an attempt to disrupt CBP operations and cause harm to the United States. As a result, CBP developed a strategy that promotes proactive, risk based cybersecurity practices that create a robust posture for CBP systems, networks, and data. The cybersecurity strategy includes three goals:

  • Protect the CBP mission and people by integrating cybersecurity into the organization: CBP has a responsibility to ensure that cybersecurity measures are integrated throughout all of its mission areas through effective governance policies and procedures.
  • Build a strong cybersecurity foundation and work toward sustainable mission integrity: CBP must achieve a proactive and vigilant cybersecurity posture, ready to quickly respond and recover from a cyber incident so that cyber attacks do not compromise CBP’s ability to perform its mission.
  • Develop and support a skilled work force:  Recruiting, developing, and retaining a cybersecurity workforce that is equipped to work with new technologies and address emerging threats is vital to protect CBP’s ability to execute its mission.

CBP will use this strategy to coordinate and guide cybersecurity activities across each of its offices in order to achieve a strong and more resilient security posture. 

This marks the first such strategy for CBP.  For additional questions on the CBP Cybersecurity Strategy or information on cybersecurity at CBP, contact Shaun Khalfan, CBP’s Chief System Security Officer, at

Last modified: 
July 20, 2016