Governor signs cybersecurity education bill

Published On: August 4, 2023

Governor Newsom last week signed Assembly Bill 569, aimed at bolstering cybersecurity education in state colleges.  Authored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), the legislation focuses on improvements and increased reporting for the Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program within the California State University system.

“Cybersecurity and privacy issues are quickly moving to the forefront of homeland security, state priorities, and state-federal policies. State legislatures have taken major action to bolster the cybersecurity of their infrastructure amid new and increasing threats. Some measures have sought to increase cybersecurity investments from the public and private sector, or create or expand state agency authorities to better deal with cyber threats,” says a bill analysis. “These investments should also include developing a well-trained workforce to meet the demand for cybersecurity experts. Veterans and transitioning military personnel who served and protected the nation are very well positioned to transition into these open cybersecurity jobs.”

This bill requires the CSU Chancellor’s Office to submit a comprehensive report before 2028 on the Cybersecurity Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships Pilot Program to the Legislature and requires that the report, including recommendations on how to improve the pilot program, enrollment data, groups served by the program and ways to increase participation by veterans.

The pilot pilot program was established in last year’s budget to fill a shortage of people qualified to fill cybersecurity jobs.  The program began with $4 million in one-time funding to address the shortage through the creation of cybersecurity education and workforce pilot programs on CSU campuses, with preference given to CSU campuses that are developing regional pathways programs from the CCC to CSU, says a bill analysis.

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