TechCA, California’s first and only nonprofit technology trade association based in Sacramento, has launched a new policy committee focused on cybersecurity. California Chief Information Security Officer Vitaliy Panych and Chris Cruz, former State Deputy CIO and current Tanium SLED CIO, co-chair the committee that held its inaugural meeting this week.

“I am pleased to collaborate with TechCA members on critical cybersecurity issues and ultimately help make state government less vulnerable to threats,” said Panych.

“From my thirty years of state service and now in the private sector, I know that we have important work ahead of us to navigate California’s complex technology infrastructure and ever-changing cybersecurity landscape,” said Cruz. “I look forward to making measurable progress over the weeks and months ahead.”

The new committee is one of four, including Small Business, Legislative, and Procurement, at which TechCA members meet regularly to share knowledge, best practices, and partnership opportunities.

The Technology Industry Association of California (TechCA) launched in 2019 as a nonprofit trade association to create more productive and trusting partnerships between government and industry by building community, helping industry speak with one voice, and promoting fairness, diversity, and equal access in government contracting.

TechCA member companies range from the world’s most recognizable brands to small, California-based firms working with the public sector to help deliver digital services.