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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

PART 1. STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES [11000 - 11895]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

CHAPTER 5.7. Office of Information Security and Office of Privacy Protection [11549 - 11549.10]

  ( Heading of Chapter 5.7 amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 404, Sec. 24. )

ARTICLE 1. Office of Information Security [11549 - 11549.4]
  ( Article 1 heading added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 404, Sec. 25. )

11549.
  

(a) There is in state government, in the Department of Technology, the Office of Information Security. The purpose of the Office of Information Security is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of state systems and applications, and to promote and protect privacy as part of the development and operations of state systems and applications to ensure the trust of the residents of this state.

(b) The office shall be under the direction of a chief, who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor. The chief shall report to the Director of Technology, and shall lead the Office of Information Security in carrying out its mission.

(c) The duties of the Office of Information Security, under the direction of the chief, shall be to provide direction for information security and privacy to state government agencies, departments, and offices, pursuant to Section 11549.3.

(d) (1) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, whenever the term “Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection” appears in any statute, regulation, or contract, it shall be deemed to refer to the Office of Information Security, and whenever the term “executive director of the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection” appears in statute, regulation, or contract, it shall be deemed to refer to the Chief of the Office of Information Security.

(2) All employees serving in state civil service, other than temporary employees, who are engaged in the performance of functions transferred from the Office of Information Security and Privacy Protection to the Office of Information Security, are transferred to the Office of Information Security. The status, positions, and rights of those persons shall not be affected by their transfer and shall continue to be retained by them pursuant to the State Civil Service Act (Part 2 (commencing with Section 18500) of Division 5), except as to positions the duties of which are vested in a position exempt from civil service. The personnel records of all transferred employees shall be transferred to the Office of Information Security.

(3) The property of any office, agency, or department related to functions transferred to the Office of Information Security is transferred to the Office of Information Security. If any doubt arises as to where that property is transferred, the Department of General Services shall determine where the property is transferred.

(4) All unexpended balances of appropriations and other funds available for use in connection with any function or the administration of any law transferred to the Office of Information Security shall be transferred to the Office of Information Security for the use and for the purpose for which the appropriation was originally made or the funds were originally available. If there is any doubt as to where those balances and funds are transferred, the Department of Finance shall determine where the balances and funds are transferred.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 353, Sec. 78. Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 129 of Ch. 353.)

11549.1.
  

As used in this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Chief” means the Chief of the Office of Information Security.

(b) “Office” means the Office of Information Security.

(c) “Program” means an information security program established pursuant to Section 11549.3.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 353, Sec. 79. Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 129 of Ch. 353.)

11549.3.
  

(a) The chief shall establish an information security program. The program responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1) The creation, updating, and publishing of information security and privacy policies, standards, and procedures for state agencies in the State Administrative Manual.

(2) The creation, issuance, and maintenance of policies, standards, and procedures directing state agencies to effectively manage security and risk for both of the following:

(A) Information technology, which includes, but is not limited to, all electronic technology systems and services, automated information handling, system design and analysis, conversion of data, computer programming, information storage and retrieval, telecommunications, requisite system controls, simulation, electronic commerce, and all related interactions between people and machines.

(B) Information that is identified as mission critical, confidential, sensitive, or personal, as defined and published by the office.

(3) The creation, issuance, and maintenance of policies, standards, and procedures directing state agencies for the collection, tracking, and reporting of information regarding security and privacy incidents.

(4) The creation, issuance, and maintenance of policies, standards, and procedures directing state agencies in the development, maintenance, testing, and filing of each state agency’s disaster recovery plan.

(5) Coordination of the activities of state agency information security officers, for purposes of integrating statewide security initiatives and ensuring compliance with information security and privacy policies and standards.

(6) Promotion and enhancement of the state agencies’ risk management and privacy programs through education, awareness, collaboration, and consultation.

(7) Representing the state before the federal government, other state agencies, local government entities, and private industry on issues that have statewide impact on information security and privacy.

(b) All state entities defined in Section 11546.1 shall implement the policies and procedures issued by the office, including, but not limited to, performing both of the following duties:

(1) Comply with the information security and privacy policies, standards, and procedures issued pursuant to this chapter by the office.

(2) Comply with filing requirements and incident notification by providing timely information and reports as required by the office.

(c) (1) The office may conduct, or require to be conducted, an independent security assessment of every state agency, department, or office. The cost of the independent security assessment shall be funded by the state agency, department, or office being assessed.

(2) In addition to the independent security assessments authorized by paragraph (1), the office, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, shall perform all the following duties:

(A) Annually require no fewer than thirty-five (35) state entities to perform an independent security assessment, the cost of which shall be funded by the state agency, department, or office being assessed.

(B) Determine criteria and rank state entities based on an information security risk index that may include, but not be limited to, analysis of the relative amount of the following factors within state agencies:

(i) Personally identifiable information protected by law.

(ii) Health information protected by law.

(iii) Confidential financial data.

(iv) Self-certification of compliance and indicators of unreported noncompliance with security provisions in the following areas:

(I) Information asset management.

(II) Risk management.

(III) Information security program management.

(IV) Information security incident management.

(V) Technology recovery planning.

(C) Determine the basic standards of services to be performed as part of independent security assessments required by this subdivision.

(3) The Military Department may perform an independent security assessment of any state agency, department, or office, the cost of which shall be funded by the state agency, department, or office being assessed.

(d) State agencies and entities required to conduct or receive an independent security assessment pursuant to subdivision (c) shall transmit the complete results of that assessment and recommendations for mitigating system vulnerabilities, if any, to the office and the Office of Emergency Services.

(e) The office shall report to the Department of Technology and the Office of Emergency Services any state entity found to be noncompliant with information security program requirements.

(f)  (1) Notwithstanding any other law, during the process of conducting an independent security assessment pursuant to subdivision (c), information and records concerning the independent security assessment are confidential and shall not be disclosed, except that the information and records may be transmitted to state employees and state contractors who have been approved as necessary to receive the information and records to perform that independent security assessment, subsequent remediation activity, or monitoring of remediation activity.

(2) The results of a completed independent security assessment performed pursuant to subdivision (c), and any related information shall be subject to all disclosure and confidentiality provisions pursuant to any state law, including, but not limited to, the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1), including, but not limited to, Section 6254.19.

(g) The office may conduct or require to be conducted an audit of information security to ensure program compliance, the cost of which shall be funded by the state agency, department, or office being audited.

(h) The office shall notify the Office of Emergency Services, Department of the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Justice regarding any criminal or alleged criminal cyber activity affecting any state entity or critical infrastructure of state government.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 518, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2016.)

11549.4.
  

The office shall consult with the Director of Technology, the Office of Emergency Services, the Director of General Services, the Director of Finance, and any other relevant agencies concerning policies, standards, and procedures related to information security and privacy.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 241. Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

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