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“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.
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 California Highway Patrol debuted the new online solution late last year. It’s designed to improve efficiency and users’ experience in the field, and is being refined in the current fiscal year.
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.”
Positions at three essential state entities related to health care and criminal justice include a senior network cloud engineer, a full-stack software developer and an IT manager.
The enacted 2021-2022 Fiscal Year state budget includes money for the California Highway Patrol to move forward on several key IT initiatives in communications, documentation and infrastructure.
“My function as CIO is best summed up in two words: service and security,” Chief Chris Childs says. “When it comes to service, IT’s role is to reduce the amount of time our officers spend thinking about technology, in turn providing them more time to spend serving the public. Regarding security, the department takes the protection of the public’s personal identifying information very seriously.”
After retiring from a 30-year career with the California Highway Patrol, the law enforcement veteran now shows other police agencies across the West what his technology can do for public safety and situational awareness. "It's the perfect gig," he said.
Chief Scott Howland will retire as the CHP's chief information officer at month's end. He shared with Techwire some of his perspectives about IT -- and some of the advice he's giving his successor, Chief Chris Childs.