(Sacramento, CA) – The series of high-profile cyberattacks on both private and public networks has demonstrated the growing risk to our most important societal systems, our critical infrastructure sectors. In the interests of public safety, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) convened a hearing that featured two panels: one to examine the actions being taken by State government, and one to weigh input from the private sector. To start off the hearing Chairwoman Irwin made her intention clear, “This issue needs to become a priority so that it is a consideration in all policy discussions and not ignored in future state budgets.”
Panelists included officials from the Office of Emergency Services and the California Military Department; policy experts with federal backgrounds; and representatives from the electric utility and telecommunications sectors. “Currently in cybersecurity there tends to be an emphasis on simply responding to threats after the damage is already done,” said Davis Hake, a former cybersecurity advisor in the Obama Administration.