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State Agencies Teaming Up for Virtual Cybersecurity Summit

The Oct. 5-6 summit, according to the organizers, is designed “to gather and educate the entire spectrum of California’s cybersecurity professionals, whose job functions and expertise range from highly technical to executive.”

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In its annual observance of October as Cybersecurity Month, three key departments in state government are collaborating with California State University at Sacramento for the two-day State of California Virtual Cybersecurity Education Summit, scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6.

State departments participating in the event are the California Department of Technology (CDT), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Highway Patrol.

The summit, according to the organizers, is designed “to gather and educate the entire spectrum of California’s cybersecurity professionals, whose job functions and expertise range from highly technical to executive.”

During the online event, attendees will have a chance to meet the nation’s leading solution providers and discover the latest products and services for enterprise cyber defense, according to the event announcement.

The summit “will be content-rich with proven strategies and practical tools and templates for transforming” IT and information security operations, the event announcement says.

“It’s going to be well attended, and we’ll have quite a bit of participation from state leaders running our departments and agencies,” says a LinkedIn post by Vitaliy Panych, the state’s chief information security officer.

Of the roughly two-dozen possible topics for breakout sessions or workshops at this year’s event, the top six under consideration for the event are:

  • Breach and Attack Simulation
  • Continued Rise of AI
  • COVID-19 Fraud, Scams and Phishing
  • Critical Need for Real-Time Data Visibility
  • Data Privacy as a Discipline
  • Education, Pipelines and Pathways for Future Cybersecurity Workforce
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.