The California Department of Technology (CDT) launched California’s first-ever Security Operations Center (SOC) within the Office of Information Security (OIS) at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017. The CDT SOC is tasked as a major player in providing the protection against, detection of, and response to malicious activity targeting the California Government Enterprise Network (CGEN – which is the Statewide WAN) as well as IT systems owned and/or managed by CDT.

The CDT SOC is intended to be a 24/7 365 day/year operation that is constantly monitoring for malicious activity and is staffed utilizing a unique model.  The SOC is operated by a team of both State civil service staff as well as State active duty staff from the California Military Department.  As is widely known, acquiring and retaining IT security specialists is difficult due to the vast shortage of individuals with these skills and this innovative model allows for tapping multiple sources for those skills.

The CDT SOC is being implemented in a four phase, two year approach: 1) the initial standup of the SOC with a focus on innovative protection/detection of the CGEN network; 2) expansion of that protection/detection focus to cover the IT assets owned and/or managed by CDT; 3) implementation of a pilot program with a partnering State entity who utilizes the SOC to monitor that entity’s IT assets; 4) expansion of that pilot to other State entities who choose to opt in to those services.

The CDT SOC is also partnering with the California Cyber Security Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) which has a mission to provide curated IT threat intelligence as well as large scale IT incident response to State and local government and beyond.  The CDT SOC interacts with Cal-CSIC to exchange valuable IT threat intelligence as well as supporting the Cal-CSIC incident response mission as needed.

CDT is proud of this new and critically beneficial capability as it is believed to be one of the few SOCs of its type in state government within the United States.  CDT is looking forward to expanding the CDT SOC’s role and scope to reap increasing security benefits for the State and its constituents as we mature this operation.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) has released two new project delivery frameworks: The California Organizational Change Management (CA-OCM) Framework and the California Business Process Reengineering (CA-BPR) Framework.

Release of these two frameworks demonstrates CDT’s continued commitment to project delivery as a top priority of the department. CA-OCM and CA-BPR join Understanding Agile, the California Project Management Framework (CA-PMF), and Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Plans and Tools as publicly available resources intended to help departments and organizations achieve their project goals.

CA-OCM is designed to assist organizations in managing the people side of change in order to achieve the desired business outcomes. Similarly, CA-BPR was created to help organizations maximize the capabilities of technology by optimizing their business processes. Both frameworks offer guidance through the use of resources, tools and templates, as well as narratives describing where both CA-OCM and CA-BPR activities should be performed in the Project Management Lifecycle.

Both frameworks are companions to the CA-PMF and are written in the context of information technology implementation efforts but are also applicable to any type of project that requires organizational change or improvement to existing business processes. Additionally, CDT is developing a California Agile Framework (CA-Agile) that will be developed and published in an incremental and iterative manner with the second part available in Fall 2017.

Explore the full catalog of CDT’s project delivery resources on our Project Resources page.

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The California Department of Technology has redesigned the state’s online directory to improve the way agency, department and employee information is accessed. The enhanced California Online Directory offers a new look and easier navigation for users.  The directory, https://cold.govops.ca.gov, continues to offer approximately 250 state agency and department’s general information, employees’ telephone number and email address, Executive Branch’s organizational chart, and 9-1-1 instructions for emergency situations. Additional features to the directory include a mobile friendly design, Americans with Disabilities Act and security compliance, and an improved support model between the California Department of Technology and agencies and departments for managing data.

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The California State Fair is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Champion of Technology Awards. Two technology champions will be selected for remarkable contributions to California’s technology industry; one in the Individual Category, one in the Product/Organization Category. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 20, 2017.

Since 1854, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the best, including the progress
and advancements of the state’s strongest industries. Now in 2017, the California State Fair
celebrates the 50th anniversary at the Cal Expo site. On this golden year, and as California
continues to lead the world in innovation and technological achievements, the California State Fair
is honored to present the Champion of Technology Awards.

Nominees must demonstrate a benefit to California through commendable technological
achievement. The 2016 Champion of Technology Award recipients were: Eric Brown, President
and CEO of California Telehealth Network; Emergency Call and Tracking System by Direct
Technology. The 2017 winners will receive their Champion of Technology awards at the annual
State Fair Gala on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

AWARDS:
Champion of Technology Award, Individual Category
Champion of Technology Award, Organization Category

ELIGIBILITY: Open to California residents and organizations/businesses headquartered in
California.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: Download the nomination form here or click the button below.
The forms and supporting documentation must be emailed by Friday, January 20, 2017 to both:

Vianey Nuñez                                                                                          Adelina Zendejas
Manger, Broadband & Digital Literacy                                    Deputy Director, Broadband & Digital Literacy
California Department of Technology                                     California Department of Technology
Vianey.Nunez@state.ca.gov                                                         Adelina.Zendejas@state.ca.gov

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About the California State Fair
For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. During the 2016 State Fair at Cal Expo nearly 675,000 people experienced the best and made memories that will last a lifetime. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. As such, the California State Fair is honored to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Cal Expo in 2017. Join us for the California State Fair July 14-30, 2017.

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Tech Alert TA 16-16: Oracle Support Options

California Department of Technology (CDT) managed service customers, using Oracle licenses, should be aware of changes to the levels of support, as described below.

  •  Oracle Premier Support for release 11.2 ended in January 2015, and the Extended Support will end in December 2020. There is no cost for the Extended Support through May 2017; Oracle will provide the cost for the June 2017 through December 2020 time frame at a later date.
  • Oracle Extended Support for release 11.1 and earlier releases has ended. Users of these releases are now eligible for Sustaining Support only, which does not include security patches, and are therefore at greater risk for security compromises.

For details click the link below.

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