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AB-1566 California Cyber Range Pilot Project.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Cybersecurity training and education is a pressing issue for the state with the fifth largest economy in the world.
(2) With over 300,000 cybersecurity openings across the country and over 35,000 open positions in the state, a pipeline of future defenders needs to be developed.
(3) The security of public and private networks is of high importance for the continued stability and prosperity of the state’s economy.
(4) There is a need to increase the variety and number of educational opportunities related to cybersecurity to ensure current and future workforce availability in cybersecurity roles.
(5) The state should engage all students in topics such as computer science, coding, and more, as part of its basic curriculum and to actively promote career development in areas such as information technology and cybersecurity.
(6) Educational systems have been tasked to produce more graduates in cybersecurity, with demand far outpacing the ability to deliver.
(7) At the same time, more and more states are turning to new technology and nontraditional pathways to develop and deliver a cybersecurity workforce.
(b) Therefore, it is appropriate to enact legislation that establishes a pilot project to examine and ensure the state is properly positioned to train the current and next generations’ cyber workforce and to leverage existing technology to reach that goal in an expeditious and cost-effective manner.

SEC. 2.

 Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 33385) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  6.5. California Cyber Range Pilot Project
 (a) The California Cyber Range Pilot Project is hereby established, under the administration of the California Cybersecurity Institute, to test the overall feasibility of the pilot project through a yearlong, multiphased effort. The pilot project shall be hosted by one to three campuses of the California State University or University of California.
(b) (1) Eligible applicants for the pilot project shall be a small number of the following:
(A) Schools operating programs from kindergarten through grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
(B) Community colleges.
(C) Public universities.
(2) Additional schools may be added to the pilot project based on recommendations by the project administrators at the California Cybersecurity Institute.
(c) The one to three campuses of the California State University or University of California selected to host the pilot project pursuant to subdivision (a) shall do all of the following:
(1) Establish a cloud-hosted exercise area environment for hands-on cybersecurity labs and exercises for pupils and students. The effort may adapt cyber range cloud technology adopted in other states, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia, to serve typical state educational scenarios in a statewide format.
(2) Test and validate the curriculum to ensure it meets the state’s computer science strategic implementation plan, developed pursuant to Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 53310) of Part 28 of Division 4, to establish an extensive courseware repository for educators in the cyber range program.
(3) Validate the economic viability of the cyber range program and capture long-term acquisition and administrative expenses associated with operations.
(d) The pilot project shall produce a scalable model for a permanent California Cyber Range Program with representative curriculum and analysis for establishing curricular enhancements and required operating expenses necessary for a statewide rollout of the cyber range.