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The IT leader at a key state department talked to Industry Insider — California about cybersecurity topics that are likely central for many technology executives.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has about two weeks remaining to sign or veto proposed legislation that has cleared the statehouse, including several bills of interest to IT companies.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
Legislative committees have called a halt to scores of bills, including several centered on technology or innovation — but other examples are still “alive” and could yet clear the statehouse.
A handful of technology leaders in state government advise those seeking top leadership roles to build relationships, hire smart people, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
“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.
With a signature, Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved several notable pieces of proposed technology legislation.
The state Legislature sent several bills with potential significance to IT vendors to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.
Individuals and teams in state government technology are eligible for the awards, which are given in a variety of areas. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 17.
The California Department of Technology made fewer than five purchases of IT services in July – but spent in the mid-six figures, with most of it going toward just one initiative.