On August 31, 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. tasked Cal OES to establish the California Cyber Security Integration Center (Cal-CSIC), a central organization for the analysis and sharing of cyber threat information. The Cal-CSIC house multiple state and federal government partners to address real-time threats and vulnerabilities to California’s infrastructure. In April 2016, Cal OES stood up the Cal-CSIC alongside the
State Threat Assessment Center (STAC), California’s information sharing clearinghouse of strategic threat analysis and situational awareness reporting. This co-location ensured immediate collaboration across the
State Threat Assessment System (STAS) , California’s intelligence community.
Cal-CSIC representatives from Cal OES, the
California Department of Technology, the
California Military Department, and the
California Highway Patrol are pooling resources to implement cyber vulnerability assessments and develop intuitive cyber threat alerts for the end-user. California receives a great deal of cyber threat information from other local, state, and national partners, but rarely receive a strategic look at the motivations behind these threats and the techniques to prevent, mitigate, or respond to them. The Cal-CSIC endeavors to provide useful information that will help protect California’s residents and infrastructure.
In September 2017, the Cal-OES and the Cal-CSIC hosted the Governor’s Cybersecurity Task Force quarterly meeting. Nearly eighty cybersecurity professionals attended, including 44 members that make up the Task Force’s six subcommittees: Workforce Development and Education, Cyber Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness, Critical Infrastructure, Information Sharing, Economic Development, and High Tech and Digital Forensics.The Director of Cal-OES and Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor, Mark Ghilarducci, and Amy Tong, Director of the California Department of Technology and State Chief Information Officer co-hosted the meeting attended by state and local government representatives, members of academia, and cybersecurity experts from private industry.
As nearly 95 percent of the nation’s entire critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private industry, partnerships with California’s private sector is critical to enhancing the cyber threat intelligence picture and state government’s ability to respond effectively to significant cyber incidents. The Cal-CSIC encourages private sector partnerships and hopes to foster a community of information sharing and mutual aid.
The Cal-CSIC is developing a broad scope threat intelligence, assessment, and alert system to monitor for cyber threats impacting the state in real-time. The Cal-CSIC is also working to identify best and cost-effective ways to instill trust and confidence by promoting transparency of internal processes and protocols, and maintaining confidentiality and integrity while exchanging cybersecurity information with its partners.
For more information about the Cal-CSIC and its programs, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-833-REPORT1.