LAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity Budget Proposals

Published On: March 24, 2023

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office this week provided an overview of the Newsom Administration’s budget proposals related to cybersecurity initiatives and the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC).

The report covers:

  • Background information on Information Security (IS) governance and oversight entities and key IS-related statutory and policy requirements.
  • Comprehensive list of the IS proposals in the Governor’s 2023-24 budget and describe the major proposals in greater detail.
  • Assessment of how proposals are advancing improvement of the state’s IS defenses and preparedness and whether major proposals meet specific mandates or provide enough information to justify approval.

Budget details include:

According to CDT and the Department of Finance (DOF), 25 budget proposals in the Governor’s 2023-24 budget are IS-related. In addition, we identified another proposal that implements IS-related legislation—CalOES’ Food and Agriculture Sector and Water and Wastewater Sector Cybersecurity (SB 892) proposal—for a total of 26 budget proposals. As shown in Figure 2 below, these proposals request a total of $64.4 million ($70.6 million General Fund) and 125 positions. (The difference between the total amount requested and the General Fund requested is explained by a proposed shift in funding from fee-based special funds to the General Fund in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s “Administrative Support for Evolving Program Operations” proposal.) Some of these proposals contain non-IS-related funding and/or positions, as we are unable to separate IS-related and non-IS-related costs in each proposal.

Read the report here: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4748.

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