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Inside CBP’s $1.8B IT Budget & New IT Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with the vital mission of securing the United States against increasing and evolving threats — a mission that, in today’s digitally-driven world, requires a robust technological foundation and the ability to innovate more rapidly than ever before. 

With a budget of $1.8 billion, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information Technology is the largest IT organization within DHS, and according to OIT Assistant Commissioner and CBP chief information officer Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the office “plays a vital role in protecting and supporting our national security and prosperity.”

Hear Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia discuss CBP’s priorities, focus areas and opportunities at the Potomac Officers Club’s 2023 Homeland Security Summit on Nov. 15. Don’t miss your chance to network with and learn from Bhagowalia and other homeland security leaders and experts at this in-person event. Register here to save your spot!

Earlier this summer, OIT released a multi-year IT strategy that outlines how CBP will utilize its nearly $2 billion in funding to strengthen cybersecurity and better protect American citizens from rising threats. The strategy encompasses six key focus areas designed to synergize IT and cyber operations within the office.

“Each year, our responsibility and role as CBP OIT continues to expand. The objective of this strategy is to refresh our alignment and execution in support of our vision and mission,” said Bhagowalia.

“Our goals for this multi-year strategy are focused on six areas: Mission Infrastructure, Mission Applications, Trusted Partners, Cybersecurity, Enterprise IT Governance, and CIO Business Operations. OIT will continue to utilize cutting edge technologies from 2023 to 2027 to support ongoing innovations that keep pace with evolving mission needs,” he added.

To get an inside look at CBP’s IT strategy and learn more about the opportunities it presents to industry, join the POC 2023 Homeland Security Summit on Nov. 15. Top executives from CBP, DHS and other agencies will convene to discuss timely homeland security initiatives and challenges. Register here.

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