Non-profit Initiative to Promote State as Epicenter of Commercial Cybersecurity
More than ever, California stands at the forefront of new technologies based on the Internet of Things (IoT), the phenomenon of people and things (devices) connected to the Internet and communicating vast amounts of valuable data.
Yet we are also increasingly vulnerable, a fact underscored by breaches of corporations and government agencies that have impacted millions across the nation. Reports of cybercrime, data breaches, theft of proprietary information, hacking and malware incidents have become alarmingly frequent.
Toward that end, a state-wide alliance of cybersecurity leaders, companies, educators and elected officials – CyberCalifornia – has been formed. The non-profit coalition will work closely with select representatives from government, industry and academia to accelerate the state’s standing as the industry’s epicenter of commercial cybersecurity.
The announcement will be made March 1, 2016 at CyberTECH’s Cyber+IoT Bangers & Mash eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast as part of the RSA Conference 2016, the annual global cybersecurity conference, San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Feb. 29-March 4.
RSA Conference 2016: “Bangers and Mash” eWEEK Roundtable Breakfast
The Chieftain Irish Pub, 198 Fifth Street, San Francisco
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
The connection between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality is especially robust in California, given the state’s leadership position in so many advanced sectors. These sectors are highly dependent on technical cybersecurity solutions, skilled cybersecurity professionals, and collaborative processes in cybersecurity.
Indeed, companies that lack these cybersecurity assets risk losing sensitive company and customer data, putting them on a perilous path. By contrast, businesses that proactively incorporate cybersecurity into their research, product design, and workforce development plans can gain competitive advantages.
Given the inextricable link between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality, it is crucial that businesses, universities, and other collaborative assets throughout California work together to enhance the security of the state’s digital infrastructure.
“In today’s digital age, trust is imperative,” said Ryan Gillis, Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy at Palo Alto Networks. “We believe that with industry, government and education leaders working together to improve defenses against advanced cyber adversaries, we can affect positive change to build back the trust in our digital infrastructure.”
Added Craig Harper, Chief Technology Officer at Sysorex: “Those of us with leading roles in cyber security fully realize that we’re faced with the urgency of now.”
Spreading that compelling message – along with providing critical informational strategies and tools – is the goal of CyberCalifornia.
CyberCalifornia will advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the State of California’s Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the connections between cybersecurity and economic development.
CyberCalifornia will help organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goals of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating
California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting the state’s robust workforce development system with employers and their needs.
CyberCalifornia will collaborate with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The iHubs provide innovation platforms for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists by leveraging such assets as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories.
The action plan:
Create a standing Board of Advisors to work with the California Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the Economic Development Subcommittee.
Assist in organizing private sectors by vertical industry such as banking and finance, high technology, agricultural technology, and others. These advisory groups will encourage sector-specific cybersecurity innovation in their respective domains, in partnership with the statewide Innovation Hub (iHub) network. These groups will also publicize exemplary cybersecurity practices for industry members.
Assist in development and promotion of cybersecurity career pathways, in close partnership with the Workforce Development and Education Subcommittee and the Economic Development Subcommittee of the California Cybersecurity Task Force.
Partner with local and regional economic development organizations, including the Innovation Hubs (iHubs), economic development organizations, small business development centers, workforce investment boards, and other strategic partners, to inform California’s business community about cybersecurity needs and solutions.
Establish connections between the Cybersecurity sector and the Internet of Things sector, through such activities as conferences and media events.
A non-profit coalition based in San Diego, CA, CyberCalifornia organizes public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goal of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers.
About RSA Conference 2016:
Launched in 1991, RSA Conference drives the information security agenda worldwide with annual industry events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Throughout its history, RSA Conference has consistently attracted the world’s best and brightest in the field, creating opportunities for conference attendees to learn about IT security’s most important issues.
San Diego-based CyberTECH is a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) network alliance providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs and thought-leadership events. Membership includes business and financial leaders, academic and research institutions, government and non-profit organizations.
a CyberTECH Initiative