The Bay Area Council’s Cybersecurity Committee met this week (Feb. 19) in Sacramento to discuss with top state officials the key issues at the center of the national debate over how to strengthen our system against online attacks, data breaches and other digital vulnerabilities. Speakers included Assemblymember Mike Gatto, the newly appointed Chair of the Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection; Justine Cain, Cybersecurity Task Force Coordinator for the California Office of Emergency Services; Robert Morgester, Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice; and Mary DiPietro, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Technology. The group discussed information sharing between government and the private sector; the need for improved laws and regulations; and the need for increased cybersecurity research and education. Assemblymember Gatto encouraged the Council’s Cybersecurity Committee to remain engaged with him on the issue. To get involved in the Council’s cybersecurity work, contact Senior Advisor Matt Gardner.

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