SACRAMENTO—Amid a growing realization that California’s electronic infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks, legislation by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) would establish the California Cybersecurity Commission, a panel of appointed experts that would coordinate government and private sector efforts to protect critical infrastructure.
“Our ever growing dependence on technology has created a demand for increased cybersecurity” said Speaker Pérez. “Until now, we have seen only a fragmented approach to this issue that has left our system vulnerable to both foreign and domestic cybersecurity attacks. We need stronger statewide cybersecurity assessment and response capabilities to address this continuous threat. That is why it is imperative that we form a state-led commission that allows California to take a leading role on cybersecurity issues, and to take a critical step in helping ensure public safety on this front.”
Last year, the State of California notified more than 25,000 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised in a cyberattack. The California Department of Technology reports that there have been more than 7,000 data breaches at state agencies or departments since 2007. Cyber criminals continue to deploy increasingly sophisticated tactics, and the Attorney General’s office receives reports of new data breaches of California businesses and institutions every week.
Personal data is far from the only thing at risk. Cyber criminals could create significant problems for the state’s electrical grid, water treatment plants, and air traffic control systems. The commission created by Speaker Pérez’ bill, AB 2200, would have a purview broad enough to consider all of those risks.
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