Bay Area Council Blog: Cybersecurity Archive

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2018 POLICY AGENDA TARGETS HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, WORKFORCE

Behind the Bay Area Council’s continuing advocacy, the California legislature this year took its first (albeit modest) actions to address the state’s historic housing crisis. Much, much more needs to be done, and the Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, under the leadership of Chair and Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson, this week approved a 2018 policy agenda that calls for escalating our work to achieve deeper, stronger and more effective reforms for spurring the tsunami of new housing the state so badly needs. Already, the Council is identifying new legislation for 2018 that can speed the approval and bring down the cost of new housing.

The 2018 agenda also prioritizes ridding the scourge of traffic fom the Bay Area’s roads and highways and getting more commuters out of their vehicles and into ferries, carpools, shuttles and other forms of transit. The Council is gearing up now for a campaign to win passage of Regional Measure 3, a $4.4 billion transportation investment plan that is expected to hit the June 2018 ballot. Rounding out the Council’s top policy priorities for 2018 is building a stronger workforce pipeline to meet the future needs of the region’s employers. The Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee is making immense strides to better align educators and employers to close the region’s yawning middle skills and talent gap, as well as creating new career opportunities for underserved youth.

Along with the top three policy priority areas, the 2018 agenda includes gender equity and workforce diversity, healthcare, advanced communication infrastructure, China and global innovation, carbon reduction and renewables, and water and climate resiliency.

The policy agenda was approved Thursday (Dec. 7) during a meeting hosted by new member Santa Clara University. The Board also welcomed state Sen. Jim Beall Jr. and applauded him for his incredible leadership as the author this year of SB 1, which invests $52 billion in statewide transportation improvements, and SB 595, which authorized the vote on Regional Measure 3. Beall talked about both measures and outlined his plans for new legislation for delivering transportation projects faster and at lower cost. The Council will be working closely with Sen. Beall on that project delivery legislation.

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Outlook Conference Goes Bigger Better Bolder

Hundreds of business, government and academic leaders gathered Tuesday, May 17 at the Bay Area Council’s 2016 Outlook Conference presented by Wells Fargo to hear from major CEOs and other top thinkers about some of the key challenges facing our region, our economy, employers and workers. Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf delivered the opening keynote to an audience of 600 at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, giving his unique insights on national and global economic trends, California’s housing crisis, and the outlook for the fast-emerging financial technology sector before sitting down for an engaging Q&A with PG&E CEO and Council Executive Committee member Tony Earley.

Rudy Giuliani, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s cybersecurity and crisis management practice, closed the conference with entertaining, informative and wide ranging remarks on his time as New York City mayor, the ubiquity of digital technology and the massive threat that cyber attacks pose to the economy, national security, consumers and business.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CEO of The Representation Project, delved into the damaging role of gender stereotypes in limiting opportunities for women and challenged executives to examine how their workplace and leadership practices can remove obstacles to advancement. Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker talked about the digitization of everything and the challenges of an open Web.

Microsoft’s Oliver Parker led a fascinating discussion with Kaiser Permanente’s Manish Vipani and Nexenta CEO Tarkan Maner on how big data and cloud computing are transforming healthcare. Xerox Chief Technology Officer Sophie Vandebroek explored some of amazing technologies driving the clean energy and energy storage sectors. And Chauncey Lennon of JPMorgan Chase led a discussion with Tumml CEO Clara Brenner and Jewish Vocational Services Director Abby Snay on the major themes from JPMorgan Chase’s new report: Tech Jobs for All? Exploring the Promise and Pitfalls of Technology Training in the United States.

Council Chair and TMG Partners Chairman and CEO Michael Covarrubias opened the conference with a look at how the Council is addressing the key issues of housing and transportation. Bay Area Council Economic Institute President Micah Weinberg unveiled their 9th Economic Profile: Promise and Perils of an Accelerated Economy and used it to debunk five myths about the Bay Area economy.

Videos of all the speakers will be available starting next week. To view the full agenda, visit Outlook Conference: Bigger Better Bolder.

The Council extends its deepest thanks to Wells Fargo for serving as presenting Visionary sponsor, and also to Kaiser Permanente for serving as Pioneer sponsor.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: BAYER Marks STEM Leadership Milestone

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its award-winning “Making Science Make Sense” program, Bayer and the National PTA announced plans to engage 100,000 students in hands-on STEM activities over the next three years. The goal is to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

Bayer is a Bay Area leader in STEM education. In 1992, the company launched Biotech Partners, training disadvantaged Berkeley youth for biotech jobs. In 2011, Bayer scaled up that model with a grant that established the Institute for STEM Education at Cal State East Bay.

“Building a diverse workforce is a business imperative for us, and we are pleased to work with so many dedicated partners in the Bay Area and nationally,” noted Joerg Heidrich, Bayer’s Sr. VP and a long-time BAC Executive Committee member.

Bayer, a global life science company with core competencies in health care and agriculture, is the Bay Area’s third largest biotech employer. Learn more about Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense program>>

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COUNCIL’S 2016 POLICY AGENDA TAKES DEAD AIM AT REGION’S TOP CHALLENGES

The Bay Area Council is taking dead aim at solving the region’s crisis-level housing and traffic problems with a 2016 policy agenda adopted this week (Dec. 3) by the Executive Committee that also targets critical water and drought issues and the growing challenge employers are facing in attracting talent across a range of skills. Under the leadership of Council Chair Michael Covarrubias, Chairman and CEO of TMG Partners, the Executive Committee developed the policy agenda over the past two months with input from the Council’s 275 member companies.

“The Council and this region are extremely fortunate to have the dedicated and visionary leadership that our Executive Committee and Board are bringing to bear against these difficult challenges,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “The priorities they have identified rightly reflect the major issues of our time, and we are confident that with their collective action the Council will start bending the curve to solve them.”

The Council’s 2016 Focus Policy Priorities include:

Workforce Housing. The Bay Area’s historic failure to build housing sufficient to meet employment and population growth is fueling an epic affordability crisis that could have long-term consequences for the region’s economic success. The Housing Committee, Co-Chaired by Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner and TMG Partners Managing Partner Denise Pinkston, is working to significantly increase the supply of housing units and commercial space throughout the region by mitigating regulatory barriers to development of all kinds. To engage in our Workforce Housing work, contact Senior Vice President Matt Regan.

Commute Improvement. Traffic has reached crisis levels, and our public transportation systems are bursting at the seams. Under the leadership of Heller Manus Architects President Jeffrey Heller and UPS Northern California District President Rosemary Turner, the Transportation Committee is working on a range of innovative solutions that include expanding carpool and toll lanes, leveraging new traffic management technologies, emphasizing overall transportation corridors and developing new financing tools and local revenue sources for investing in maintaining and expanding capacity. To engage in our transportation policy work, contact Senior Vice President Michael Cunningham.

Water Supply and Security. Our economy relies on access to clean, reliable and affordable supplies of water. With historic drought, competing demands and a historic lack of investment in our water system, the Bay Area faces major questions about its water future. The Water Committee, Co-Chaired by Montezuma Wetlands Managing Partner Jim Levine and Suffolk Construction Company West Coast President Andrew Ball, is uniting the region’s diverse water stakeholders around these issues, working to prioritize critical investments and educating policy makers in Sacramento and Washington on the region’s needs. Ball is also leading the Council’s effort to generate support for a regional ballot initiative in 2016 that would raise $500 million from a parcel tax to fortify the region’s defenses against extreme storms and sea-level rise. To engage in our Water Supply and Security work, contact Policy Director Adrian Covert.

Workforce of the Future. The Bay Area’s fast-changing, high-value innovation economy requires highly skilled graduates for today’s in-demand jobs. Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Teresa Briggs of Deloitte and Glenn Shannon of Shorenstein Properties, the Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee is building stronger connections between the region’s employers and the universities and colleges that are educating the region’s future workforce. To engage in our Workforce of the Future work, contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.

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COUNCIL MOURNS LOSS OF DOUGLAS SHORENSTEIN

Council Chair Michael Covarrubias called for a moment of silence at yesterday’s (Dec. 3) Board of Directors meeting to honor beloved Bay Area business and philanthropic titan Doug Shorenstein, who passed away Nov. 25 after a long battle with cancer. Shorenstein was Chairman and CEO of Shorenstein Properties, a real estate development company founded by his late father Walter Shorenstein. He previously served on the Council’s Board of Directors and was a 2011 inductee into the Council’s Bay Area Business Hall of Fame – Walter was a member of the 1998 Hall of Fame. After taking over the company in 1995, Shorenstein transformed it from a local developer to one of the largest and most-respected real estate development and management companies in the nation. He will be sorely missed.

Read about Doug Shorenstein’s life in the San Francisco Chronicle>>

Watch the Hall of Fame video of honoring Doug Shorenstein>>

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CYBERSECURITY: CONFRONTING THE THREAT OF OUR TIME

The Bay Area Council convened its annual Town Hall on cybersecurity together with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) last week. The Town Hall marked the conclusion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a series of awareness building events, updates, and industry initiatives organized by the NCSA. Successive waves of innovation have caused massive connectivity between homes, cars, devices, and the grid. This inter-connectivity has only begun to reveal both issues and challenges – all of which featured prominently in this year’s Town Hall discussion. Chief among these concerns is the regulatory frontier for the Internet of Things, which seemingly trails the technology frontier by some years.

Speakers at the town hall included a wide range of industry leaders, including San Francisco International Airport’s new Chief Information Security Officer Tom Borton and GE Digital Chief Security Officer Russ Dietz. Dietz and Borton were among experts speaking on critical infrastructure in transportation and energy, a discussion moderated by Jamey Sample, head of Cyber Risk at Ernst & Young. The discussion also featured Dan Goodrich of the Mineta Transportation Institute and global cybersecurity consultant and former NSA professional Thomas Parenty.

The transportation and energy discussion was followed by a finance and technology dialogue between Davin Baker of the Chertoff Group, Jennifer Martin of Symantec, Daniel Schott of Visa, and Natasha Shevelyov of VMWare. This panel discussed trends in intrusion and effective practices in place in companies with a global footprint. All of the speakers highlighted things every company can do to increase their attention to cyber risks across all employees, including various cyber basics.

Those cyber basics, while well known and featured every year during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, often require routine, continuing education of employees. To keep abreast of cybersecurity issues, contact Senior Advisor Matt Gardner.

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COUNCIL’S SACRAMENTO ADVOCACY PAID OFF IN 2015

As the deadline (Oct. 11) passed for the Governor to sign or veto bills, the Bay Area Council’s advocacy paid off in a big way as the Governor signed numerous bills that address key challenges faced by our region. With the unveiling our the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s Report on 21st Century Infrastructure earlier this year, the Council has been a leader in advocating for friendlier policies that encourage robust communications and energy networks in California. As a result of this effort, the Governor signed AB 57 to streamline broadband infrastructure development.

In the areas of technology and cybersecurity, the Governor signed SB178, which will update our electronic privacy laws, as well as AB 229 to allow state employees to use sharing economy companies for state travel. Both of these bills were supported by the Council. To expand gender equality in California the Governor signed SB 358 updating the Fair Pay Act. The Council also scored a win in the area of commute improvement as the Governor signed AB 157 into law, which will improve traffic flow by expediting the process to open the third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

To engage in the Council’s government relations work, please contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.

 

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CYBERCHAT: COUNCIL SITS DOWN WITH ICE

In conjunction with its regular meetings with federal agencies, the Bay Area Council presents a series of interviews with U.S. agencies on their role in working with the business community on cybersecurity. In this interview, the Bay Area Council speaks with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about how companies can engage, work with the agency, and prepare.

“There are no perfect security solutions when it comes to cyber defense,” the San Francisco office of ICE told the Bay Area Council. “Every system designed to address this problem has been or will be defeated at some point. A company’s most worthwhile investment in combating these threats is in the education of its workforce and this is where ICE can be of assistance.”

Read the full interview on the Council’s Cybersecurity policy page>>

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COUNCIL MEETS WITH HIGH-LEVEL UK DELEGATION ON CYBERSECURITY

Risk management, a shortage of technical talent, and the complicated distribution of responsibilities between government and the private sector are all cybersecurity issues that are prevalent in the United States and the United Kingdom. These themes emerged earlier this week at a top secret meeting between Bay Area Council Cybersecurity Committee members and a cybersecurity delegation from the United Kingdom, most of which was made up of government employees and which was organized by the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

In their conversation, the delegates and Bay Area Council members discussed everything from the challenges of assigning value to cybersecurity threats for insurance purposes and the different fears and priorities of companies in different industries, to whose responsibility it is to keep cyber threats at bay in the first place; especially when they are ultimately backed by state actors. For more information, please contact Senior Advisor Matt Gardner.

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WUNDERMAN NAMED ONE OF CA’S TOP 100 MOST POWERFUL (#51)

Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman (who asked that we not run this story – sorry Jim!) on Tuesday (Aug. 25) was named to what has become THE List in Sacramento power, the Capitol Weekly’s Top 100, of “the most powerful movers and shakers in California politics and public policy.” Capitol Weekly is one of California’s most respected sources for political and government news and views. First Lady Anne Gust Brown topped the CW list, which included seven women in the top 10. His ranking at #51 (look out Anne Gust!) is a credit to his hard work building relationships, and not being afraid to have a strong opinion on behalf of our members. Two years ago the Bay Area Council opened an office in Sacramento, hired some top notch staff there, reinvigorated the Bay Area Caucus, and has routinely shuttled our Bay Area-based staff up as well to ensure our presence and engagement was felt in the State Capitol. With Washington, D.C. routinely gridlocked, much of the action for our region and our members is happening in Sacramento.
It’s not just about the staff. The Council’s easy-on-the-eyes Sacramento office provides our member companies a strong platform from which to work directly with Gov. Brown and his administration, legislators and top agency leaders on a wide range of policy and legislative issues. The Bay Area Council’s annual Sacramento Day, when we bring a delegation of business leaders to the capitol, is widely praised for the high-level meetings we secure with legislative leaders and high-level administration officials. If your company is not involved, we think you should be! Our thanks to Capitol Weekly for its work in assembling the Top 100 list and for ongoing journalistic work to enlighten and educate Californians about public policy and state governance. To engage in our Sacramento government relations work, contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.

See the Capitol Weekly Top 100>>