Legislating Cybersecurity: Lawmakers Recognize Their Responsibility with Cyberthreats

Legislators who take the time to study cybersecurity issues and ask tough questions of CIOs and CISOs are still the exception rather than the rule. But that may be changing.

In March 2016, just a few weeks after a contentious legislative oversight hearing, Michele Robinson, California’s chief information security officer (CISO), stepped down. The Feb. 24 hearing’s focus was a 2015 audit that questioned the state government’s cybersecurity preparedness.

Governor Signs Bill on Cyberincident Response Standards

A year after a scathing report described California’s information security as weak and vulnerable, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation intended to beef up state agency response standards.

Editorial: Perseverance pays off for veteran housing

The city of Ventura is one step closer to adding more housing for local veterans, with its move to take back east-side land it had given to the state for the project.

It has been a long, uphill, bureaucratic slog to get to this point, and the deal is not done yet.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Applauds Passage of Job-Creation Bill That Will Bring UC Research and Innovations to Market

SACRAMENTO – A far-reaching bill, authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), aimed at creating jobs and helping to reverse the recent decline of successful start-up companies in California, has been passed by the Legislature and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature to become law. Assembly Bill 2664 provides $22 million to the University of California system that will help convert research and science done at the UCs to products that benefit society.  The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled this bill as a “job creator.” 

Bill Aimed at Massive Child Identity Theft Problem Sent to Governor

SACRAMENTO – The California State Legislature today took a huge stride toward protecting children, who are 50 times more likely to have their identities stolen than adults, from cyber thieves, including those who commit so-called “friendly fraud.”