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          Date of Hearing:  April 20, 2016


                                  Adam Gray, Chair

          AB 1841  
          (Irwin) - As Amended April 14, 2016

          SUBJECT:  Cybersecurity incident response plan and standards

          SUMMARY:  Requires the state Office of Emergency Services  
          (CalOES) in conjunction with the Department of Technology (CDT)  
          to develop, by July 1, 2017, a statewide emergency services  
          response plan for cybersecurity attacks against critical  
          infrastructure, and further requires CalOES and CDT to develop a  
          comprehensive cybersecurity strategy by January 1, 2018, with  
          which all state agencies must report compliance by January 1,  
          2019.  Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Requires, on or before July 1, 2017, CalOES and CDT to  
            transmit to the Legislature the Cyber Security Annex to the  
            State Emergency Plan (SEP), also known as Emergency Function  
            18 (or EF 18) that includes, but is not limited to, all of the  

               a)     Methods for providing emergency services;

               b)     Command structure for state-wide coordinated  
                 emergency services;


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               c)     Emergency service roles of appropriate state  

               d)     Identification of resources to be mobilized;

               e)     Public information plans; and,

               f)     Continuity of government services.

          1)Requires, on or before January 1, 2018, CalOES and CDT to  
            develop a comprehensive state cybersecurity incident standards  
            for state agencies to prepare for cybersecurity interference  
            with, or compromise or incapacitation of, critical  
            infrastructure and the development of critical infrastructure  
            information, and to transmit critical infrastructure  
            information to CalOES.

          2)Requires the standards developed by CalOES to consider all of  
            the following factors: 

               a)     Costs to implement the standards;

               b)     Security of critical infrastructure information;

               c)     Centralized management of risk; and,

               d)     National private industry best practices.


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          3)Requires each state agency to report to CalOES on its  
            compliance with the CalOES cybersecurity standards, no later  
            than January 1, 2019.

          4)Requires CalOES and CDT to provide suggestions for a state  
            agency to improve its compliance with the CalOES cybersecurity  
            standards, if any, to specified public officials. 
          5)Declares that a cybersecurity compliance report, and any  
            related communication records,    are confidential and may not  
            be disclosed pursuant to the California Public Records Act. 

          6)Defines the terms "critical infrastructure," "critical  
            infrastructure information," "secretary" and "state agency."

          7)Makes findings relative to the importance of cybersecurity of  
            state networks, and declares the intent of the Legislature to  
            develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy under the  
            coordination of CalOES. 

          8)Makes findings and declarations relative to the need to limit  
            the public's right to access to the documents referenced by  
            this bill because of the need to promote public safety by  
            prohibiting access to those who would use that information to  
            thwart the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure systems  
            within the state.

          EXISTING LAW:  

          1)Establishes CalOES by the Governor's Reorganization Plan No.2,  
            operative July 1, 2013.


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          2)Requires CalOES to perform a variety of duties with respect to  
            specified emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response  
            activities in the state, including emergency medical services.

          3)Specifies that the State Emergency Plan (SEP) shall be in  
            effect in each political subdivision of the state, and the  
            governing body of each political subdivision shall take such  
            action as may be necessary to carry out the provisions  

          4)Requires the Governor to coordinate SEP and those programs  
            necessary to mitigate the effects of an emergency. 

          5)Requires the Governor to coordinate the preparation of plans  
            and programs for the mitigation of the effects of an emergency  
            by the political subdivisions of the State of California, such  
            plans and programs to be integrated into and coordinated with  
            the SEP and the plans and programs of the federal government  
            and of other states to the fullest possible extent.

          6)   Establishes, within the California Department of Technology  


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            (CDT), the Office of Information Security (OIS) 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  

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


           Purpose of the bill  : According to the author, "Cybersecurity  
          threats are on the rise and California is a priority target  
          because of the size of our economy and the value of our networks  
          and other assets.  The state bears a responsibility in actively  
          defending the critical networks that Californians rely on for  

          "A denial of service, theft or manipulation of data, disruption  
          or damage to critical infrastructure through a cyber-based  
          attack could have significant impacts on national security, the  
          economy, and the livelihood and safety of individual citizens.   
          In the first half of 2015 alone, the Department of Homeland  
          Security responded to 108 cyber incidents impacting US critical  
          infrastructure: electricity, water, health care, communications,  
          financial, and manufacturing systems, among others? 

          "This issue has prompted state and federal leaders to warn  
          operators of critical infrastructure of the need to bolster  
          cyber defenses to protect against debilitating attacks.  In  
          2015, Governor Brown declared in an executive order on  
          cybersecurity that 'cyber- attacks aimed at breaching and  
          damaging computer networks and infrastructure in California  
          represent a major security risk and increase the state's  


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          vulnerability to economic disruption, critical infrastructure  
          damage, privacy violations, and identity theft.
          "AB 1841 will ensure sufficient preparations are taken to  
          protect these critical infrastructure systems [, which] is a  
          role of state government.  A comprehensive cybersecurity  
          strategy, undertaken in a coordinated effort between federal and  
          state governments and private entities, will help prepare for  
          cyberattacks on these critical infrastructure systems, and  
          reduce the potential consequences from those attacks."

           Background : In 2009, the California Legislature merged the  
          powers, purposes, and responsibilities of the former OES with  
          those of the Office of Homeland Security (OHS) into the newly-  
          created California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA).On July  
          1, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s Reorganization Plan #2  
          eliminated CalEMA and restored it to the Governor's Office,  
          renaming it the California Governor's Office of Emergency  
          Services (CalOES), and merging it with the Office of Public  
          Safety Communications. Today, CalOES is responsible for  
          overseeing and coordinating emergency preparedness, response,  
          recovery and homeland security activities within the state.

           State Emergency Plan (SEP)  :  The SEP addresses the state's  
          response to extraordinary emergency situations associated with  
          natural disasters or human-caused emergencies.  In accordance  
          with the California Emergency Services Act, the plan describes  
          the methods for carrying out emergency operations, the process  
          for rendering mutual aid, the emergency services of governmental  
          agencies, how resources are mobilized, how the public will be  
          informed and the process to ensure continuity of government  
          during and emergency or disaster.

          The plan is a management document intended to be read and  
          understood before an emergency occurs.  It is designed to  
          outline the activities of all California jurisdictions within a  
          statewide emergency management system and it embraces the  
          capabilities and resources in the broader emergency management  


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          community that includes individuals, businesses,  
          non-governmental organizations, tribal governments, other  
          states, federal government and international assistance.

          The SEP, amongst other things, establishes the California  
          Emergency Functions (CA-EFs), which consist of 18 primary  
          activities deemed essential to addressing the emergency  
          management needs of communities in all phases of emergency  

           Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)  : SEMS is the  
          system used for coordinating state and local emergency response  
          in California.  SEMS provides a multiple level emergency  
          response organization that facilitates the flow of emergency  
          information and resources.  SEMS consists of the Incident  
          Command System (ICS), mutual aid, the operational area concept  
          and multi-interagency coordination.  SEMS is designed to be  
          flexible and adaptable to the varied emergencies that can occur  
          in California, and to meet the emergency management needs of all  
          responders.  Government Code 8607(a), requires CalOES, in  
          coordination with other state agencies and interested local  
          emergency management agencies, to establish SEMS by regulation.
           Operational Area (OA  ):  Encompasses the county and all political  
          subdivisions within the county.  The OA serves as a focal point  
          for all local emergency management information and the provision  
          of mutual aid.  It manages information, resources, and  
          priorities among local governments within the OA.  The OA also  
          serves as the coordination and communication link between the  
          local government level and the regional level.  SEMS regulations  
          authorize each County Board of Supervisors to designate an OA  
          lead agency.

           California Emergency Functions (CA-EFs)  : The CA-EFs were  
          designed to bring together discipline-specific stakeholders at  
          all levels of government to collaborate and function within the  
          four phases of emergency management. At the state level, the  
          CA-EFs consist of an alliance of state agencies, departments and  
          other stakeholders with similar functional responsibilities.  


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          This grouping will allow each CA-EF to collaboratively mitigate,  
          prepare for, cohesively respond to and effectively recover from  
          an emergency.

          A single state agency is assigned to lead each CA-EF based on  
          its authorities, resources and capabilities. Each CA-EF member  
          agency is responsible to assist in coordinating the state's  
          response to emergencies, including provision of mutual aid and  
          the allocation of essential supplies and resources.

          Local governments and OAs are not required to implement the  
          CA-EF concept unless they choose to do so. Instead, CalOES  
          recommends they organize consistent with local resources and  
          established SEMS regulations and guidelines.

          The last CA-EF in the SEP is the Cyber Security Annex, also  
          known as Emergency Function 18 (or EF 18).
          CalOES and the incomplete EF 18  .  Current law authorizes the  
          Governor to take actions to prepare for, respond to, and  
          prevent natural or human-caused emergencies that endanger  
          life, property, and the state's resources.  It further  
          authorizes CalOES and its Director to take actions to  
          coordinate emergency planning, preparedness, and response  

          CalOES, in its role as the state's lead agency on emergency  
          preparedness, response, and damage mitigation, has  
          responsibility to develop, implement, and manage a  
          comprehensive strategy to protect the critical infrastructure  
          systems of federal and state governments, and private  
          entities.  CalOES meets that responsibility in part by  
          preparing SEP. 

          The most recent SEP provided by CalOES is from 2009 and  
          outlines a state-level strategy to support local government  
          efforts during a large-scale emergency.  As required by CESA,  
          the plan describes methods for carrying out emergency  
          operations; the process for rendering mutual aid; emergency  


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          services of governmental agencies; how resources are  
          mobilized; emergency public information; and continuity of  
          government. As stated above, the 2009 SEP also establishes  
          the CA-EFs, which consist of 18 disciplines deemed essential  
          to the emergency management community in California.  

          According to the CalOES website, only EF 18 remains  
          incomplete, and is noted as being "in development."  CDT,  
          under the Government Operations Agency, is listed as the  
          responsible entity, with the point of contact being the State  
          Chief Information Security Officer.  

          According to a briefing document from CDT provided by the  
          author, CDT has completed two of five steps in the  
          development of EF 18: identifying and engaging stakeholders,  
          and forming a working group.  The three remaining steps:  
          clarify authorities, roles and responsibilities; develop  
          functional annex; and develop concept of operations; are  
          listed as "work in progress."  EF 18 has been pending  
          completion since 2011.  

          Double Referral  : This bill was first heard in Assembly Committee  
          on Privacy and Consumer Protection and passed on an 11-0 vote.  


           Related/Prior legislation  :  SB 949 (Jackson) of 2015/2016  
          Session. Would authorize the Governor to require owners and  
          operators of critical infrastructure to submit critical  
          infrastructure information to OES or any other designee for the  
          purposes of gathering, analyzing, communicating, or disclosing  
          critical infrastructure information.  (Pending hearing in Senate  
          Governmental Organizations Committee).


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          AB 2595 (Linder) of 2015/2016 Session. Would establish in  
          statute the California Cybersecurity Integration Center  
          (Cal-CSIC) within the Office of Emergency Services to develop a  
          cybersecurity strategy for California in coordination with the  
          Cybersecurity Task Force. (Pending hearing in Assembly Privacy  
          and Consumer Protection Committee)

          AB 1346 (Gray) of 2015/2016 Session. Would require CalOES to  
          update the State Emergency Plan on or before January 1, 2018,  
          and every 5 years thereafter, and would require the plan to be  
          consistent with specified state climate adaptation strategies.  
          (Pending hearing in Senate Governmental Organizations Committee)




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          Analysis Prepared by:Kenton Stanhope / G.O. / (916) 319-2531