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SR-54 (2019-2020)

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Enrolled  September 04, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  September 03, 2019


Senate Resolution
No. 54

Introduced by Senator Dodd
(Coauthor: Senator Wieckowski)

August 12, 2019

Relative to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.


SR 54, Dodd.

WHEREAS, Over the last three decades, the internet has had a phenomenal impact on all parts of society; an open and free cyberspace has been used to promote political and social inclusion worldwide; it has empowered communities and individuals to break down barriers, allowing collaboration and sharing of information and ideas across the globe; and it has provided a forum for freedom of expression and exercise of fundamental rights; and
WHEREAS, Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives; personal relationships and social interactions, schools, hospitals, economies, governments, and infrastructure critical to public safety and national security depend on information and communication technology working seamlessly; and
WHEREAS, The reliance on constant connectivity has led to revolutions in medicine, energy, finance, and technology, and has bettered our society, but it has also introduced new risks, especially to our finances, identity, and privacy; and
WHEREAS, For new connected technologies to take off, trust and confidence in the security of those technologies is critically important; however, an overwhelming majority of Californians have reported avoiding disclosing personal information online because of security concerns; and
WHEREAS, Recent years have shown that while the digital world brings enormous benefits, it is also vulnerable, with a recent study citing that between 2012 and 2015, the California Attorney General’s office received reports on 657 data breaches, affecting a total of over 49,000,000 records of Californians; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, 178 breaches put over 24,000,000 Californians’ records at risk, meaning that nearly three in five Californians were victims of a data breach in 2015 alone; and
WHEREAS, Cybersecurity incidents, be it intentional or accidental, are increasing at an alarming pace and could disrupt the supply of essential services we take for granted, such as water, health care, electricity, or mobile services; and
WHEREAS, Threats can have different origins, including criminal, politically motivated, terrorist, or state-sponsored attacks, as well as natural disasters and unintentional mistakes; and
WHEREAS, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, is observed nationwide each October since its inception in 2004; and
WHEREAS, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a campaign designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the United States in the event of a cyber incident; and
WHEREAS, National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” will focus on key areas, including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and electric commerce security; and
WHEREAS, Californians recognize the critical importance of the 16th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate proclaims the month of October 2019, and every October thereafter, to be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.