California Cybersecurity Education Summit Nailed It, Again!

The State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit 2019 may be a mouthful to say but it delivered a truckload of content on information security views, products, and best practices, all packed into one day and devoted solely to cybersecurity. This year’s Summit was held October 9 in Sacramento.

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As in past years, the Summit was presented by the California Cyber Security Integration Center – comprised of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California Highway Patrol, California Military Department (Cal Guard) and CDT – in cooperation with California State University Sacramento. It featured cybersecurity leaders representing industry, government and academia who engaged a spectrum of California’s cybersecurity professionals whose job functions and expertise ranged from highly technical to executive level. Special recognition was given to the more than 40 private sector sponsors who helped make the Summit a reality.

Along with three keynote presentations, the 18 workshop sessions were bustling with the Summit’s nearly 800 attendees, an increase over last year, who expected to hear the latest and greatest in cybersecurity trends and developments…and they weren’t disappointed.  While the “Workforce Development and Education Pipeline” discussion panel explored ways to fill the 50-thousand cybersecurity job openings expected in California during the next 10 years, another session, “Red Team vs. Blue Team: Live Demo and Discussion Panel”, ventured into black hat territory as the Red Team showed just how easily hackers can gain access to and exploit a network, while the Blue Team demonstrated countermeasures to detect, monitor and contain those threats.

The Summit climaxed with the premier of its Leadership Awards, a ceremony that recognized individuals from California state government for their contributions, best practices and outstanding works.

Award recipients will be posted in another Tech Blog. Stay tuned!