Epicenter of Commercial Cybersecurity.
The CyberCalifornia initiative will help further position California as a leader in cybersecurity as it relates to commerce and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. CyberCalifornia will advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the California 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 California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers. CyberCalifornia is organized in conjunction 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.
California is at the center of the digital revolution that is shaping the world around us. Already a national center of commercial cybersecurity activities, California is home to companies building the cybersecurity products and solutions that are securing commercial businesses, academic institutions and governmental organizations across the globe. Furthermore, California continues to be a leader in other innovative sectors with unique cybersecurity needs, including biotechnology, aerospace, autonomous vehicles, and health care.
Due in part to work done by California companies, the world is more connected than ever before. But we are also increasingly vulnerable, a fact underscored by recent breaches of corporations and government agencies that impacted millions across the country. Unfortunately, cybercrime, data breaches, theft of proprietary information, hacking and malware incidents are now routine.
Much of the State’s leadership in the cybersecurity domain links directly to the State’s dominant leadership in new and disruptive and converging technologies. California is the home of the personal computer, the firewall, anti-virus and many other products. Today the State of California is the forefront of new technologies ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT), the term for the phenomenon where people and things (physical devices) are connected to networks that are linked to the Internet and communicating vast amounts of valuable data. California’s leadership role in other sectors with advanced technology needs, including autonomous vehicles, aerospace, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing, will also contribute to the State’s continued excellence in cybersecurity. The powerful combination of cyber and the emergence of these innovation-intensive sectors makes the State of California the perfect place to build secure next generation technologies.
The Golden State’s leadership in cybersecurity extends to other components of the innovation ecosystem. California’s robust higher education system is conducting world-class research and developing cybersecurity curriculum to educate and train California’s highly-skilled workers. In addition, the Golden State’s forward-thinking businesses and entrepreneurs are developing cyber solutions and collaborative processes that are being copied around the world.