The California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to bolster California's defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience, innovation capacity and diversification strategies, and to support the growth and sustainment of California's Cybersecurity workforce through cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs. CASCADE is being led by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), in collaboration with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).
The CASCADE program includes 15 funded projects in partnership with government, industry, community, and academic institutions. Activities include cyber industry convenings, cyber provider surveys, cyber labor market research, supply chain mapping, supply chain outreach and resilience workshops, cyber physical security assessments, innovation and commercialization programs.
The foundation of CASCADE revolves around research, data and analysis, knowledge-sharing education, outreach and effective application of cybersecurity standards, frameworks and best practices in order for California’s defense supply chain to achieve practical implementation of cybersecurity, establish diversification strategies and enhance innovation and workforce capacity.