The Cerberus Pilot is part of the overall DHS Data Framework. The framework’s goal is to help alleviate mission limitations associated with stove-piped Information Technology (IT) systems that are currently deployed across multiple operational components at DHS. More specifically, the Cerberus Pilot is intended to test the feasibility of a more controlled, effective, efficient use and sharing of available homeland security information across the DHS Enterprise while protecting privacy and safeguarding personal data. During the Cerberus Pilot, the system ingests certain DHS component unclassified data about individuals and maintains the data in a DHS owned and controlled cloud computing environment on a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) network, where it is available for classified searches and evaluation using various analytical tools. The goal of the Cerberus Pilot is to test the ability to ensure that only users with certain attributes are able to access data based on defined purposes using the dynamic access control process. The Cerberus Pilot will be populated with data imported from the Neptune Pilot data store via bulk load. The DHS Data Framework and Neptune Pilot are described in separate Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA). The Cerberus Pilot is a DHS-wide pilot administered by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) on behalf of the Department in coordination with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and overseen by the Common Vetting Task Force (CVTF). DHS is publishing this PIA pursuant to Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002 because the Cerberus Pilot system handles personally identifiable information.
Last Published Date: February 21, 2019