Gov. Newsom announces plan to ‘prepare for cyber attacks of any scale’

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FILE PHOTO - Cyber security engineer. California Gov. Gavin Newsom shared details of a plan to enhance the state's cyber security on Oct. 22, 2021. The five-year plan, called "Cal-Secure," will be implemented to fill the "gaps" in the state's information and cybersecurity programs. Photo credit Getty Images

For the first time in state history, state officials have announced a roadmap to making California more cyber secure. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced “Cal-Secure” on Friday, sharing the multi-step plan will address “gaps in the state’s information and cybersecurity programs.”

“Hackers steal our time, money, and peace of mind. Protecting our data is among the most important things we can do to prevent disruption to our daily lives and our economy,” Newsom said in a statement. 

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“We have to do more to safeguard the state’s critical infrastructure, intellectual property and our status as one of the world’s leading economies.”

The roadmap, a result of work by the California Department of Technology and its Office of Information Security, is broken down into three categories — people, process and technology, that state officials hope to achieve and implement in the next five years.

“Cal-Secure is designed to improve cyber defenses statewide, regardless of the existing baseline capabilities of state government agencies and entities,” the administration said in a statement. 

The plan builds on objectives of the California Homeland Security Strategy, which was established to strengthen cyberspace security and preparedness across the state.

To date, the Newsom Administration has advanced $260 million in recent investments at the Department of Technology and other state entities to bolster the state’s ability to prevent and respond to cyberattacks.

“The state budget also includes $11.3 million one-time and $38.8 million ongoing to mature the state’s overall security posture, improve statewide information security initiatives, analyze cyber threat intelligence and mitigate potential threats,” the administration said.

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