California Technology Council Launches Cybersecurity Initiative
CalCISO will expand information sharing, workforce efforts statewide
Santa Clara, January 26, 2016 – The California Technology Council, a technology trade association serving innovative industries across the state, today launched CalCISO, a new California cybersecurity initiative.
The California Cybersecurity Information Sharing Organization, CalCISO, brings together industry, university, and public sector organizations for sharing cyber threats, fostering industry-driven solutions, addressing the talent shortfall, and ensuring informed public policy and regulation.
Almost 80 percent of U.S. businesses reported some kind of cybersecurity incident last year, according to a recent report by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Raytheon.
“This represents a unifying set of challenges and solutions across every industry,” said Matt Gardner, CEO of the California Technology Council. “Cybersecurity is a matter of importance to organizations of every kind, well beyond the traditional players in the technology community.”
CalCISO will convene regular meetings with industry, investors, and the public sector as it provides insights, resources, and solutions to cyber challenges.
“All of us are excited to get to work with CalCISO,” offered Chris Finan, co-founder and CEO of Manifold Technology. “It’s an emerging field, and with recent developments in policy as well as technology, this is the ideal time to take collective action.”
CalCISO has established an advisory board of renowned national leaders. Representatives on the advisory board include:
- Colin Ayer, SwitchRay
- Charlie Benway, The Advanced Cyber Security Center
- Chris Finan, Manifold Technology
- Michael Kaiser, The National Cyber Security Alliance
- Randi Parker, CompTIA
- Larry Rohrbough, TRUST Center
- James W. Sample, Ernst & Young
- Dave Wennergren, Professional Services Council
“This is a team I’ve worked with for several years,” added Michael Kaiser of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “NCSA is looking forward to collaborating on a number of fronts with CalCISO, from raising awareness to workforce development.”
CalCISO will convene regular meetings led by industry participants on technology trends, policy developments, and venture activity in cybersecurity.
The California Cybersecurity Information Sharing Organization (CalCISO) brings together industry, university, and public sector organizations for sharing cyber threats, fostering industry-driven solutions, addressing the talent shortfall, and ensuring informed public policy and regulation. CalCISO is an initiative of the California Technology Council.
About the California Technology Council
The California Technology Council (CTC) is a technology trade association serving innovators from all industry sectors in the state of California. Every day, CTC delivers value through a set of member benefits essential to running a technology company. CTC looks for opportunities to support business development and access to markets for members through its initiatives, events and content. CTC advocates for an aspirational Innovation Agenda for California.