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California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

“I am hopeful this approach of condensing and aligning these prior efforts into Cal-Secure can succeed in maturing the state’s cybersecurity posture,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, the Ventura County Democrat who chairs the Assembly’s Select Committee on Cybersecurity.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking specialists for key roles.
Thought leaders from industry, government and academia will gather online Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the risks of cyber intrusion and ways the public and private sectors can work against those threats.
The agencies seeking applicants include the California Department of Technology, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The bill would have set a May 31 deadline for the Employment Development Department to implement recommendations aimed at reducing delays in paying benefits, prioritizing modernization of its technology, assessing its call center operations and improving its tracking of claimants’ problems.
Individuals and teams in state government technology are eligible for the awards, which are given in a variety of areas. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 17.
The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) will gather Sept. 26-29 in Southern California after having canceled last year’s annual gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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.”
Using the Silicon Valley giant’s Street View technology, the state’s emergency services agency is piloting a program to more quickly and efficiently calculate wildfire damage through video and artificial intelligence.
The proposed legislation, from state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is aimed at driving public-private collaboration on IT that can help authorities grapple with natural disasters like California’s historic wildfires.
Officials at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other entities are working with the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and technology companies on doing more to spot wildfires.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ five most expensive purchases of IT goods through June included three buys with the same vendor, representing more than half the total cost of those expenditures.
The California Cybersecurity Industry Workgroup is collaborating with academia, state government and industry to broaden California students’ exposure to cybersecurity as a career path.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ most expensive IT goods purchases in April include software and laptop computers.
In this excerpt from an online essay, the 9-1-1 branch manager for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services explains how the state and its vendor partners are making progress in linking communications needed for emergency response.
“A cloud solution is preferred, and relevant CalOES technologies include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery, SendGrid. MFA (multi-factor authentication) is being enabled, and multiple SSO implementations have been deployed.”
An online Vendor Education Day focusing on NEXT-GEN SCOUT is scheduled for today, and vendor applications are due by Dec. 3. “Relevant Cal OES technologies” include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery and SendGrid.
The new executive succeeds Carla Simmons, who oversaw technology for CalOES for six years before retiring last fall. The new CIO has a background in both the public and private sectors.