Assemblymember Irwin has served as the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Cybersecurity since its creation by Speaker Toni Atkins during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. Speaker Anthony Rendon has continued the Select Committee for the '17-'18, '19-'20, and '21-'22 Legislative Sessions.
The Committee’s work so far has uncovered important and valuable information on the state of cybersecurity in California. As a result of the Committee’s hearings numerous legislative proposals were authored, many became law, and the executive branch has changed both policy and personnel. However, even with our accomplishments this issue is one of rapidly growing, not declining, importance. The State still bears a continuing responsibility to assess, prepare, educate, and protect our private and public operations from the rising threat of cyber-attacks.
The current membership of the Select Committee:
(The Membership for the '21-'22 Legislative Session as not yet been announced)
The scope of the Select Committee includes the following:
- Identifying the existing resources, jurisdiction, and capabilities of the State. Currently, a clear understanding of the cybersecurity relationship between the federal, state, and local governments is lacking. Even among state agencies there is work to be done regarding clarifying cybersecurity responsibility. Defining the resources and activities within the state, public and private, that can be utilized in a comprehensive state-wide cybersecurity effort will help illustrate weaknesses and gaps in security that need to be addressed, as well as produce guidance for policy, procurement, and investments.
- Grow California’s cybersecurity workforce, training programs, and educational opportunities. Considering the development of job training programs with the state’s higher education and labor entities to produce a credentialed and qualified state cybersecurity workforce to meet growing demand. Invite testimony from businesses that employ cyber professionals and those experiencing a shortage of qualified labor. Compile and consider the integration of the research conducted by academic institutions, federal laboratories, and other cybersecurity experts into state operations.
- Promote legislative, administrative, and regulatory actions to enhance cybersecurity assessment, preparedness, and response capability in California. Examining current cybersecurity policy for state networks and the level of compliance, as well as the recommended standards for the private sector. This includes evaluation of appropriate levels of information sharing with the federal government and private sector for the purpose of preventative actions.
- Pursue funding opportunities, private-public partnerships, and economic development. The Select Committee will coordinate the pursuit of fiscal resources including federal grants, requests for proposals, and private funding opportunities that will enhance the State’s cybersecurity goals. This includes building partnerships between government and private companies and demonstrating the reciprocity and economic benefit of safe networks.
The work the Select Committee completed in prior sessions includes seven informational hearings (Click icon to view more):
The work of the Select Committee has also informed the consideration of a number of bills signed into law including:
(Click on each bill to learn more)