California’s Cybersecurity task force leads charge to defeat hackers

About the Task Force
​To address the growing cyber threat to networks, personal privacy, and critical infrastructure, Governor “Jerry” Brown directed his Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology​ to establish the California Cybersecurity Task Force. The California Cybersecurity Task Force is a statewide partnership comprised of key stakeholders, subject matter experts, and cybersecurity professionals from California’s public sector, private industry, academia, and law enforcement. The Task Force serves as an advisory body to the State of California Senior Administration Officials in matters related to Cybersecurity. By fostering a culture of cybersecurity through education, information sharing, workforce development and economic growth, the Task Force hopes to advance the State’s cybersecurity and position California as a national leader and preferred location for cyber business, education, and research.

Task Force Goals


Identify, Acquire, and Establish Funding Mechanisms to Enhance California’s Cybersecurity Efforts
​Promote Actions, Including Legislative, Administrative, and Regulatory, Where Appropriate, to Enhance Cybersecurity in California
Grow California’s Cybersecurity Workforce and Develop an Aware and Educated Public
Facilitate Economic Development by Promoting a Cyber-safe California for Businesses and Consumers
Enhance California Cyber Emergency Preparedness and Response
Identify, Understand, and Share Cyber Threat Information
Mitigate California’s Cyber Risk
Build a Comprehensive Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigative Capability
California’s cybersecurity voluntary task force is aimed at transforming municipalities’ approach to cybersecurity. First launched in 2015, the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) was designed to bolster California’s readiness and response to destructive cyber-attacks, which increase the state’s vulnerability to economic disruption and critical privacy violations. The state’s Office of Emergency Services announced its search for a new director last week.

  • Identify, Acquire, and Establish Funding Mechanisms to Enhance California’s Cybersecurity Efforts
  • ​Promote Actions, Including Legislative, Administrative, and Regulatory, Where Appropriate, to Enhance Cybersecurity in California
  • Grow California’s Cybersecurity Workforce and Develop an Aware and Educated Public
  • Facilitate Economic Development by Promoting a Cyber-safe California for Businesses and Consumers
  • Enhance California Cyber Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Identify, Understand, and Share Cyber Threat Information
  • Mitigate California’s Cyber Risk
  • Build a Comprehensive Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigative Capability

California’s cybersecurity voluntary task force is aimed at transforming municipalities’ approach to cybersecurity. First launched in 2015, the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) was designed to bolster California’s readiness and response to destructive cyber-attacks, which increase the state’s vulnerability to economic disruption and critical privacy violations. The state’s Office of Emergency Services announced its search for a new director last week.

OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said their state was uniquely prepared to lead the charge in digital security and they seek to model their leadership for the rest of the country.

“Collaborative cyber-threat information sharing and mitigation is critical to the safety and security of our state,” Ghilarducci said, “We are looking for a uniquely qualified individual to further the state’s leadership in this important area.”