California Launches National Search for New State Cybersecurity Commander

With an eye towards expanding California’s preparedness and response to destructive cyber-attacks, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services today announced that the State of California is conducting a national search for a new Commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC).
 
“We are at a transformational moment in how we approach cybersecurity,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “Collaborative cyber-threat information sharing and mitigation is critical to the safety and security of our state. We are looking for a uniquely qualified individual to further the state’s leadership in this important area.”
 
The Cal-CSIC was created by executive order in 2015 and is California’s top line cybersecurity center, tasked with preparing and protecting our nation’s largest state from cyber threats and attacks. 
 
The Cal-CSIC has a broad statutory mandate, and is intended to break down silos and integrate competencies from across the government. It acts as the leader and coordinator of the California Department of Technology, National Guard, and California Highway Patrol, among other stakeholders, in their efforts to protect California from nation-states, organized crime, and other cyber threat actors.
 
Finding the right individual to fill this important role is all the more essential as the state has seen a significant increase in the frequency, scale and sophistication of cyber incidents targeting Californians in recent years.
 
The Cal-CSIC commander is a position appointed by the Governor and will be tasked with strengthening the state’s cybersecurity strategy and improving inter-agency, cross-sector coordination to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber-attacks.
 
More information on the job posting including details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/priority-recruitment/

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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