Texas Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council
The Texas Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council (TCEEDC) was created to leverage public/private partnerships to examine the infrastructure of the state’s cybersecurity operations with the intent to produce strategies to accelerate the growth of cybersecurity as an industry within Texas, and to encourage industry members to call Texas “home.”
The original objective of the TCEEDC was to submit a report by December 1, 2012, making recommendations to the executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources regarding:
- Improving the infrastructure of the state’s cybersecurity operations with existing resources and through partnerships between government, business, and institutions of higher education
- Specific actions to accelerate the growth of cybersecurity as an industry in the state
With the two-year extension of the TCEEDC by SB 1101 (83R), its objective is to identify what actions are in progress to ensure forward movement by the state in implementing the recommendations identified in the 2012 report.
At the conclusion of the extended term, the TCEEDC will prepare a status report regarding the implementation of the recommendations and the state of cybersecurity efforts in Texas.
The Texas Legislature authorized the creation of the TCEEDC in 2011. In 2013, the Legislature authorized the executive director of DIR to continue the TCEEDC through September 1, 2015, designate a Cybersecurity Coordinator, and provide the Cybersecurity Coordinator the authority to establish a private industry-government council.
The council membership is composed of participation tiers that limit the leadership and decision making authority to a select and specific group defined as Council Members, and a broad and open participation group defined as Council Partners. The council will be led by the Cybersecurity Coordinator, as designated by the DIR executive director, who retains the authority for designation of the Cybersecurity Coordinator / Council Chair should for any reason the role require a replacement.
David Abarca, Council Member
Information Security Program Director, Del Mar College
Robert Butler, Council Member
Vice President of Government Strategies, IO
Frederick Chang, Council Member
Distinguished Chair Cybersecurity, Southern Methodist University
Mary Dickerson, Council Chair
CISO, University of Houston/University of Houston System
Eddie Block, Council Member
Interim CISO State of Texas, DIR
Keith Graf, Council Member
Office of the Governor
Brian Hammerness, Council Member
Colonel, Texas Army National Guard
Sam Segran, Council Member
CIO, Texas Tech University
Gregory White, Council Vice-Chair
Director, CIAS, UT-San Antonio
Todd Kimbriel, Interim Executive Director, DIR
Martin Zelinsky, General Counsel, DIR
Amy Baillargeon, Government Relations, DIR
Mary Beth Burnside, Council Secretariat, DIR
Tim Martin, Invited Participant, Southwest Research Institute
The council will meet quarterly, or at other regular intervals agreed by the members. Additional meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of the chair.
Mary E. Dickerson, MBA, CISSP, CISM, PMP – TCEEDC Chair
University of Houston | University of Houston System
Gregory B. White, Ph.D. – TDEEDC Vice-Chair
Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security
The University of Texas at San Antonio