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Technology Department Schedules Virtual Vendor Forum

The online event will feature remarks from the top leaders of the California Department of Technology, a discussion of the Cal-Secure cybersecurity road map, a review of 2021 and a look ahead to 2022, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.

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The California Department of Technology has scheduled its next virtual CDT Vendor Forum for Dec. 8.

The department presents the events periodically as a way of sharing news and updates with the vendor community and to gather feedback from those doing business in technology with state government.
Amy Tong
State CIO Amy Tong

Speakers for the event will include the top two state executives in IT governance — state Chief Information Officer Amy Tong and state Deputy CIO Russ Nichols. Tong is the department’s director, and Nichols is chief deputy director. Also scheduled to speak are Ana Lasso, director of the Department of General Services; and John Kirkham, CIO for the Department of Rehabilitation.

The online event this year will run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is available online.

Tong and Nichols are scheduled to deliver opening remarks and announcements, followed by procurement-related updates of interest to the industry. The Virtual Vendor Fair will then commence, followed by a discussion about Cal-Secure, the state’s “first multi-year cybersecurity roadmap.” The state published the blueprint last month, and state Chief Information Security Officer Vitaliy Panych described it as “a foundational doc which outlines where our public-sector entities are at, where they’re going, and how they’re going to get there in terms of maturing their cybersecurity posture.”

Also on the agenda are discussions on “Closing Out 2021” and “What’s Next in 2022.”

The event will conclude with a question-and-answer period from vendors, always a popular part of the forums.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.