Understanding the inextricable link between cybersecurity and overall economic vitality, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit works to develop and support cybersecurity partnerships. States that proactively address cybersecurity concerns can encourage technological innovation, strengthen workforce development, and assist businesses of all types to become more cyber-secure.
This proactive approach to cybersecurity is particularly relevant in the development of innovative new products that are connected to the internet. California is the leader in many of the new technologies associated with the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the term for the phenomenon in which both physical devices and people are connected to networks that are linked to the internet and communicating sensitive data. For example, personal medical devices, home appliances, and automobiles can all be connected to the internet. This connectivity can lead to amazing breakthroughs in personal health and economic efficiency, yet it also raises serious concerns about the integrity of such sensitive data. By reinforcing its leadership position in cybersecurity, California will continue to be a global innovation trailblazer in the many industries associated with the IoT phenomenon.
The GO-Biz Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit works with a variety of stakeholders to support the development of technological solutions, skilled workers, and collaborative processes related to cybersecurity. These partnerships include CyberCalifornia and the California Cybersecurity Task Force.
CyberCalifornia is an ever-growing coalition of businesses, academic institutions, and state agencies, all of whom understand the need to proactively address the cybersecurity concerns and opportunities associated with next-generation technologies. CyberCalifornia is organized in conjunction with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network. Formed in 2015, the CyberCalifornia coalition has already developed multiple cybersecurity partnerships, including an industry summit in the Governor’s Office, a youth innovation challenge, and a pending supply chain grant application.
California Cybersecurity Task Force
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit chairs the Economic Development Subcommittee of the California Cybersecurity Task Force. This 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, and is led by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology.