Mission

The CyberCalifornia initiative will help further position California as a leader in cybersecurity as it relates to commerce and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. CyberCalifornia will advance the goals and promote the accomplishments of the California Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the connections between cybersecurity and economic development. CyberCalifornia will help organize public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, with the goals of facilitating research and innovation in cybersecurity, educating California businesses about cybersecurity needs and resources, and connecting California’s robust workforce development system with the needs of California employers. CyberCalifornia is organized in conjunction with the Innovation Hub (iHub) Network, a program administered by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The iHubs provide innovation platforms for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists by leveraging such assets as research parks, technology incubators, universities, and federal laboratories.

Activities

Create a standing Board of Advisors which will work with the California Cybersecurity Task Force, with a particular emphasis on the Economic Development Subcommittee.

Assist in organizing private sectors by vertical industry such as banking and finance, high technology, agricultural technology, and others. These advisory groups will encourage sector-specific cybersecurity innovation in their respective domains, in partnership with the statewide Innovation Hub (iHub) network. These groups will also publicize exemplary cybersecurity practices for industry members.

Assist in the development and promotion of cybersecurity career pathways, in partnership with the Workforce Development and Education Subcommittee and the Economic Development Subcommittee of the California Cybersecurity Task Force.

Partner with local and regional economic development organizations, including the Innovation Hubs (iHubs), economic development organizations, small business development centers, workforce investment boards, and other strategic partners, to inform California’s business community about cybersecurity needs and solutions.

Establish connections between the Cybersecurity sector and the Internet of Things sector, through such activities as conferences and media events.

Center of Cybersecurity and Internet of Things Excellence (CCIoTE)


California is at the center of the digital revolution that is shaping the world around us. Already a national center of commercial cybersecurity activities, California is home to companies building the cybersecurity products and solutions that are securing commercial businesses, academic institutions and governmental organizations across the globe. Furthermore, California continues to be a leader in other innovative sectors with unique cybersecurity needs, including biotechnology, aerospace, autonomous vehicles, and health care.


Due in part to work done by California companies, the world is more connected than ever before. But we are also increasingly vulnerable, a fact underscored by recent breaches of corporations and government agencies that impacted millions across the country. Unfortunately, cybercrime, data breaches, theft of proprietary information, hacking and malware incidents are now routine.

Much of the State’s leadership in the cybersecurity domain links directly to the State’s dominant leadership in new and disruptive and converging technologies. California is the home of the personal computer, the firewall, anti-virus and many other products. Today the State of California is the forefront of new technologies ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT), the term for the phenomenon where people and things (physical devices) are connected to networks that are linked to the Internet and communicating vast amounts of valuable data. California’s leadership role in other sectors with advanced technology needs, including autonomous vehicles, aerospace, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing, will also contribute to the State’s continued excellence in cybersecurity. The powerful combination of cyber and the emergence of these innovation-intensive sectors makes the State of California the perfect place to build secure next generation technologies.

The Golden State’s leadership in cybersecurity extends to other components of the innovation ecosystem. California’s robust higher education system is conducting world-class research and developing cybersecurity curriculum to educate and train California’s highly-skilled workers. In addition, the Golden State’s forward-thinking businesses and entrepreneurs are developing cyber solutions and collaborative processes that are being copied around the world.

Much of the Golden State’s infrastructure lays outside of direct government control so it is critical that that State collaborate in public/private partnerships. Accordingly, the state has developed public-private partnerships to coordinate outreach to stakeholders to catalogue assets and align different efforts to further establish cybersecurity leadership.

For example, the California Cybersecurity Task Force is a statewide partnership comprised of key stakeholders, subject matter experts, and cybersecurity professionals from California’s public sector, private industry, academia, and law enforcement. Led by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Department of Technology, the Task Force hopes to advance the State’s cybersecurity and position California as a national leader and preferred location for cyber business, education, and research.



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Through a series of collaborative efforts, CyberCalifornia will reinforce California’s leadership position in cybersecurity as it relates to commerce and Internet of Things technologies. Please let us know how you would like to lend your expertise to these efforts.

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The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Innovation Hub (iHub) program has begun the process of convening cybersecurity stakeholders to assess how to facilitate cybersecurity innovations and drive sustained job growth for the benefit of California’s businesses and consumers.

EVENTS


Securing the Internet of Things
San Francisco | San Antonio | Las Vegas | San Diego | Maryland
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California Cyber Innovation
June 29, 2016 | Sacramento
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Black Hat
August 1 – 6, 2015 | Las Vegas
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RSA Conference
February 29 – March 4 | Moscone Center | San Francisco
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Board of Advisors


Howard A. Schmidt, Co-Chair, CyberCalifornia; Founding Partner, Ridge Schmidt Cyber

Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement, and corporate security spanning more than 40 years. He brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations through his distinguished career. He served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the federal government. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.

Darin Andersen, Co-Chair, CyberCalifornia; CEO, CyberUnited

Darin Andersen is a distinguished Internet of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity professional with over 15 years of experience in the security industry. In 2013, Andersen founded CyberTECH (CyberHive and iHive Incubators), a global cybersecurity and IoT network ecosystem providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs and quality thought leader IoT Forums across the nation. Andersen is also founder of CyberUnited, a cybersecurity, big data and predictive analytics consulting firm.

 

Before founding CyberUnited, Andersen was the GM, North America for Norman Shark, a forensics malware analytics company, recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems. Prior to Norman Shark, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at ESET, an award winning and antivirus solutions company. While COO at ESET, Andersen created the “Securing Our eCity” initiative. The initiative, now an independent Foundation, was recognized by The White House as the “Best Local/Community Plan” DHS National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge. Andersen is a distinguished Ponemon Institute Fellow. He received the Internet of Things award at the 2014 Cybersecurity Awards and was named Top Influential by The San Diego Daily Transcript for 2015.

Cleve Adams, CEO, AirPatrol Corporation

Cleve Adams is a four time Venture-backed technology CEO. He joined AirPatrol in 2012 as a seasoned executive with an extensive background in the growth of software, mobile and network security companies. Over the course of the past two decades, Adams has led numerous technology firms, transforming the organizations from startups into high-growth global enterprises. While at AirPatrol, he succeeded in selling the company to Sysorex Global Holdings and continues to lead as AirPatrol CEO.

 

Prior to taking the helm at AirPatrol, Adams served as Chairman of mobile tech startup KaaM, Inc., CEO of network security developer, High Tower Software, and president and CEO of mobile device security firm, Puresight, Inc. All three companies sold. He also started security heavyweight Websense, Inc. where he led the company from pre-revenue to a $1 Billion initial public offering.

William Britton, Visiting Director, Cal Poly’s Cybersecurity Center at Parsons/Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

William J. Britton serves as visiting director of the Cybersecurity Center at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he is responsible for leading Cal Poly’s cyber initiatives in education, research, outreach and partnering. He is visiting from Parsons Corp. where he was VP for cyber strategy, integrating cyber solutions into critical infrastructure, including SCADA, industrial controls and networks elements. He has worked on the industry side with all the national agencies with responsibility for everything from vulnerability assessments to remediation to advanced planning and cyber solutions.Prior to entering industry, Britton served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as an electronic warfare officer and an intelligence officer.

Christian Brynes, Head Security Analyst, Gartner

F. Christian Byrnes is a managing vice president in Gartner. His team is distributed across the globe and covers the management of risk-related programs such as Information Security, Business Continuity, Privacy and Compliance. In addition, he consults with leading organizations worldwide on technology direction, security trends and best practices.

Winnie L. Callahan, Ed. D., Director of Center for Cyber Security and Technology, University of San Diego

Winnie Callahan, veteran cyber security expert and educator, is the Director of USD’s new Center for Cyber Security and Technology. Prior to USD, she was the Director for Business, Education, Government and Health Innovation at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, where she was responsible for building partnerships, spearheading initiatives and identifying opportunities for growth to enhance economic expansion and promote the nation’s future.

Winnie also led the design, build-out, marketing and program development as the executive director of The Peter Kiewit Institute in Nebraska, recognized as one of the most successful collaboration of engineering, information technology and business immersion in the nation.

Rishi Chopra, Program Coordinator, The Wadhwani Foundation

Rishi is a Program Coordinator for the The Wadhwani Foundation’s Race to a Job program in the U.S. In this capacity, he manages the implementation and roll out of the blended lessons in health care and cyber security being provided to community college partners throughout the U.S. He also manages industry and government partnerships for the program to achieve the goal of filling open jobs in high demand sectors.

The Wadhwani Foundation is a philanthropic organisation founded by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani. The Foundation’s mission is “to accelerate economic development in India and other emerging economies.” The Wadhwani Foundation principally works through partnerships with like-minded individuals, organizations, corporations, and governments.

Rishi holds degrees from both San Jose State University and Santa Clara University.

Tony Cole, CTO Federal, FireEye

Tony Cole, Vice President and Global Government CTO at FireEye, assists government agencies, corporations, and system integrators around the globe in understanding today’s advanced threats and their potential impact. Prior to joining FireEye, he ran McAfee’s Global Government security consulting services, and also held numerous other positions, including leading a large Government focused consulting group and a lead technical program business development role at Symantec Corporation. Cole is retired from the U.S. Army and has over thirty years of experience in a variety of IT and security environments including communications, intelligence, and cryptography.
Cole speaks at security conferences across the globe and has been a contributing author to the SANS Institutes’ publications and classes. He’s been published in many trade magazines and he previously advised investment and venture capital firms on security technology on Wall Street and was on the advisory board for Secure-Elements

Mike Coomes, SVP of Strategic Planning, CyberUnited

Mike Coomes is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development at CyberUnited. Coomes is also the Director of International Cyber Security and Internet Governance for Department of Defense where he develops cooperative cybersecurity agreements between allied and partner nations, develops cybersecurity capability development plans and develops a cybersecurity resource guide to aid partners and allies with reference to best practices, training and standards for cybersecurity. In addition, he is the national Chair for NATO’s Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Capability Panel.

 

Coomes was previously a career naval officer, a NATO staff officer and was also a Naval Attaché. He received a degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Kansas and a Masters in International Relations and National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Ozzie Diaz, Strategic Planning, Intel Corporation

Ozzie Diaz has amassed his senior executive experience across the Mobile & Wireless, Fortune 100, Service Provider, Government, Smart Grid, Big Data Analytics and Security industries. Ozzie has led the evolution and growth of Liquid Grids’ social media analytics and intelligence cloud-based solution and business while serving as CTO. He now advises many early stage startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital and analyst firms on industry trends and companies.

 

Diaz has over 25 years of experience with both Fortune 100 companies and early stage venture-backed companies. Ozzie’s industry standards activities include North American IPv6 Task Force Mobility and Wireless Subject Matter Expert and Steering Committee Member, Silicon Capitol (Wireless Sacramento) Advisor and Wireless Subject Matter Expert, California IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee Member, Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) Steering Council Member.

Maggey Felix, Managing Director, MaFe, LLC

Maggey Felix is the Managing Director for MaFe, LLC, an independently owned and operated Marketing and Operations Consulting Firm that provides strategic, measurable, quality and innovative solutions for high tech, cybersecurity and IoT companies. Prior to founding MaFe, LLC, Maggey was the Director of Marketing and Operations at CyberTECH, a global cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) network. Previously, Maggey was the Director of Marketing and Operations at CyberUnited, a cybersecurity intelligence consulting firm. 

Maggey specializes in the organization and implementation of marketing systems, marketing and social media campaigns, strategic planning and partnerships, event planning and execution, project and product marketing management and corporate identity management. Prior to joining CyberUnited, Maggey was the Marketing Manager for Norman Shark, a forensics malware analytics company, recently acquired by Blue Coat Systems. In 2011, Maggey worked for Congressman Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 10th Congressional District where she assisted with cybersecurity research and legislation. Maggey received a Political Science degree from Texas A&M University.

Liz Fraumann, Executive Director, Securing Our eCity Foundation

Liz Fraumann is the Executive Director of the Securing Our eCity Foundation which whose mission is to help create a cyber-safe environment in San Diego where we can all live, work and play. The foundation is focused on cyber security awareness, education and preparation for business and individuals alike. Prior to this role, Ms. Fraumann was the Director of Marketing at ESET, North America where she helped the organization more than double its market awareness in North America. Ms. Fraumann is a seasoned veteran of the high-tech industry, with a broad background in marketing and marketing communications and spans years of experience with industry giants such as NCR and IBM, as well as smaller and starts up organizations. Fraumann has received numerous company and community awards for her expertise and efforts. She is active member in San Diego CERT.

Rick Geritz, CEO, LifeJourney

Rick Geritz is a serial entrepreneur and has spent the last 20 years building early stage companies. He is currently the CEO and Founder of LifeJourney, a technology that inspires our nation’s youth to “Test Drive” what their future would be like to follow careers in the Cyber and STEM fields. Prior to LifeJourney, Geritz was the President and CEO of BDMetrics, an online business matchmaking technology for the trade show industry. In addition, Rick held senior level executive roles for SafeNet where he was President and GM responsible for their VPN software, hardware and silicon businesses. Before SafeNet, Geritz was the Executive Vice President and a board member at Rockville based ICARUS Corporation –an engineering simulation software company where he led the company’s worldwide product, operations, and until its sale to Aspen Technology (NASDAQ; AZPN).

Ryan Gillis, VP of Government Affairs, Palo Alto Networks

Ryan Gillis joined Palo Alto Networks in January 2015 as Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy. Gillis is responsible for developing company corporate policy, serving as Palo Alto Networks’ primary point of contact for public policy and legislative matters, and ensuring appropriate company participation in government forums and industry initiatives. He joined Palo Alto Networks from the White House, where he was Director of Legislative Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy for the National Security Council.

 

Gillis began working in the White House in 2012, following six years with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), culminating with his position there as Senior Advisor and Legislative Director managing issues such as cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection

Araceli Gomes, Principal Subject Matter Expert – Cybersecurity and Intelligence, Dell Secureworks

Araceli Treu Gomes serves as a cybersecurity strategist and subject matter expert for Dell SecureWorks; providing strategic security expertise to leadership teams within Dell SecureWorks, and counseling global organizations on preventing advanced attacks.

 

Previously, she held technical and leadership positions, including Strategic Security Advisor for a Fortune 100 company, Engineering Director at a large defense contractor, Deputy CSO for a multinational financial services organization, and Chief Security and Privacy Officer at a major content delivery network. She designed early DDoS, extrusion prevention, and network forensics tools for Internet backbone providers. She holds certifications in privacy and computer forensics, and serves on IEEE Cybersecurity SIGs and ISSA boards locally and nationally.

Ted Harrington, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators

Ted Harrington drives thought leadership initiatives for ISE. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting at high-profile conferences in a range of industries, including media & entertainment, hospitality, finance and others.

 

Mr. Harrington holds several special appointments, including to the University of Southern California (ETC Project Cloud Security Team), Hotel Technology Next Generation (Co-Chair, Electronic Access Control Working Group), the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (Advisory Board Member), and to the Georgetown University Alumni Association of San Diego (Executive Committee, Speaker Bureau). He is a contributing author to several industry publications, including the M&E Journal, Content Delivery & Security Association Newsletter, and others. He holds a bachelors degree from Georgetown University and has been named one of San Diego’s “40 Under 40” business executives by SD Metro Magazine.

 

Harrington has previously driven strategy for intentionally diverse entrepreneurial endeavors as CEO of technology start-up NMG, Director of Wolfpack Manufacturing, and CEO & Founder of W|Harrigton Ventures. Harrington is also an impassioned activist who has co-founded volunteer organizations, ranging from mentorship to political lobbying.

Gary Hayslip, CISO, City of San Diego

As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of San Diego, Gary Hayslip advises the City of San Diego’s executive leadership, consisting of Mayoral, City Council, and 30+ city departments and agencies on protecting city government information resources. Hayslip oversees citywide cyber security strategy and the enterprise cyber security program, operations, compliance and risk assessment services. His mission includes creating a “risk aware” culture, that places high value on securing city information resources and protecting personal information entrusted to the City of San Diego.

Ondrej Krehel, CTO & Founder, LIFARS, LLC

Ondrej Krehel is the founder and principal of LIFARS LLC, an international cyber security and digital forensics firm. With two decades of experience in computer security and digital forensics, he has launched investigations into a broad range of IT security matters—from hacker attacks to data breaches to intellectual property theft. His work has received attention from CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among many others.

Drew Martin, Chairman, Innovation Technology Council, Accelerate-IT Advisors

Drew leads Accelerate-IT’s Innovation Technology Council (ITC) which connects enterprise technology executives with start-ups.  Martin brings 20+ years of experience in corporate IT with roles in Accenture, PepsiCo and Sony Electronics where he was the Chief Information Officer.  Most recently he was EVP at Lytx (formerly DriveCam) where he was responsible for both Information Technology and Product Management.

Justine Phillips, Special Counsel, SheppardMullin

Justine Phillips is a special counsel in both Data Privacy & Security and Labor and Employment Practice Groups in the firm’s Del Mar office. 

Justine focuses her practice on cybersecurity, data privacy, employment litigation and counseling, and commercial litigation. Justine takes a holistic approach to assist clients on everyday issues related to electronically stored information including: cyber risk management and mitigation; eWorkforce policies; compliance with data regulations; retention/destruction policies and protocols; information-security and data privacy; crisis management and forensic investigations for data breaches; electronic discovery; and social-media issues. She co-authors the California section of a 50 state survey on data privacy laws entitled “Survey of California Employment Privacy Law,” MLRC Employment Survey, 2014.  Justine also founded Women in eDiscovery San Diego chapter and frequently publishes and speaks on cyber-related issues.

Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder, The Ponemon Institute

Larry Ponemon is Chairman and Founder of Ponemon Institute. Because of his expertise in information security and data privacy, he has served on the U.S. FTC’s Advisory Committee for Online Access and Security and the DHS’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Ponemon has held chaired faculty positions and written numerous articles and learned books. He served as founding member of the Certified Information Privacy Professional Advisory Board and is chair of the Visual Privacy Advisory Council. He has a Ph.D. from Union College and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He attended the doctoral program in System Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with Highest Distinction from the University of Arizona. He is a CPA and a CIPP.

Oliver Rosenbloom, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Oliver Rosenbloom works for the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, where he works in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Small Business units. He is the co-chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee for the California Cybersecurity Task Force. Rosenbloom completed the Executive Fellowship Program, a graduate program that integrates work experience in state government with graduate level coursework in public policy. He completed his fellowship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Prior to working in California, Rosenbloom worked in the Policy Office for the Governor of Rhode Island from 2012-2013. Mr. Rosenbloom’s other public policy experiences include working for the National Criminal Justice Association in Washington D.C. and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

Francesca Spidalieri is the Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, where she leads the Cyber Leadership Project and the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. Her academic research and publications have focused on cyber leadership development, cyber education, and the professionalization of the cybersecurity industry. She lectures regularly on cybersecurity issues and teaches a graduate course on “Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats.”

Stan Stahl, President, Citadel Information Group

Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals. Dr. Stahl has been President of ISSA-LA — the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association — since 2008 (ISSA-LA) and is the creator of the Chapter’s It Takes the Village to Secure the Village SM program.

Louis Stewart, Deputy Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Louis Stewart currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California. At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs). 

Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.

Sid Voorakkara, Senior Business Development Specialist, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (San Diego)

Sid Voorakkara is the Senior Business Development Specialist at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development in San Diego (GO-Biz). In this role, Voorakkara focuses on attracting, expanding and retaining businesses in the San Diego area. He previously worked at the California Endowment, where he specialized in workforce development.

 

As part of The Endowment’s ten year Building Healthy Communities strategic plan, Voorakkara’s grant making focus included developing a violence prevention framework that keeps youth safe, empowered and working towards a career. This framework also includes workforce and economic development opportunities within health care and emerging ‘green’ jobs.

Mark Weatherford, Principal, Chertoff Group

Mark Weatherford is a Principal at The Chertoff Group and advises clients on a broad array of cybersecurity services. As one of the nation’s leading experts on cybersecurity, Weatherford works with organizations around the world to effectively manage today’s cyber threats by creating comprehensive security strategies that can be incorporated into core business operations and objectives.

 

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Weatherford served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity within the National Protection and Programs Directorate. In this role, he worked with all national critical infrastructure sectors and federal government agencies to develop an understanding of the cyber threat environment and create more secure IT network operations.  Through his leadership, DHS greatly expanded its efforts to assist private sector organizations in identifying pre-incident vulnerabilities, share actionable cyber threat information, and provide forensics and remediation services. These actions resulted in dramatically improved government-private sector relationships and led DHS to a new level of cybersecurity maturity.


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