Gov. Jerry Brown Creates California Cybersecurity Center

On August 31, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed an executive order to initiate the creation of a California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC).

The order directs the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to create the Cal-CSIC.

According to Political Blotter, the Cal-CSIC will be tasked with “strengthening the state’s cybersecurity strategy and improving inter-agency, cross-sector coordination to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber-attacks.” It will also work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other groups “to improve information sharing between local, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, utilities and other service providers, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.”

The stated goal of the Cal-CSIC is to protect the state’s “economy and infrastructure,” while also protecting “residents’ privacy” and shielding residents from attacks that could open the door to identity and information theft.

A “Cyber Incident Response Team” will be created as part of Cal-CSIC. The team will play both a responsive and preventative role, working with agencies around the state to execute tasks for Cal-CSIC.

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