Cybersecurity Awareness Month

#TXCyberAware18

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The State of Texas is joining with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

October 2018 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Events & Materials

Texas Cybersecurity Awareness PSA Contest

#2018TXPSA

DIR and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting a Cybersecurity Public Service Announcement competition for Texas high school students grades 9-12.  Students are encouraged to learn about four designated cybersecurity topics and submit a 30 second PSA promoting cybersecurity awareness by October 26th to be considered for selection. 

The competition categories are:

  • Phishing
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Devices
  • Hacking
PSA Competition Guidelines (.pdf, 76KB)
Guidance on Creating a PSA (.pdf, 118KB)
PSA Announcement Flyer - High Resolution for Printing (.pdf, 12MB)

PSA Announcement Flyer - Interactive (.pdf, 4.9MB)

Questions may be directed to DIRSecurity@dir.texas.gov

Submit entries using the following URL: https://filmfreeway.com/2018TexasDIRCyberSecurityAwarenessPSACompetition

2018 MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Month Materials

2018 MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Posters (.pdf)

2019 MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Calendar (.pdf)

Tips and advice for staying safe online

Presentation at the Capitol - Getting Into the Mind of a Cybercriminal

When: 10:00-11:30am | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Where: Capitol Auditorium | Austin, Texas

Summary: Cybercriminals today have a wide array of tools, techniques, and technologies they can use to perform different types of attacks. In this session, we will take a look into some of the new tools in the cybercriminal arsenal - from advanced phishing and malware tools to services and offerings that help cybercriminals overcome the latest security systems.  This session will include several live demos of the cybercrime tools as well as OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) capabilities and detail the types of offerings criminals have on the dark web and how these offerings have evolved over the years. 

Capitol Presentation Flyer (.pdf, 627.26KB)


Texas Education Agency Webinar - Cybersecurity Tips and Tools - Practice, Practice, Practice

When: 1:00-2:00pm | Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Summary: The October 17th webinar provides information which can be used to perform cybersecurity incident exercises. These exercises will help you identify any gaps in your incident response plan which might need attention should there be a real cybersecurity incident. Practicing will help your organization be better prepared for successfully protecting, detecting, responding and recovering from a cybersecurity incident.

Register Here | Webinar ID: 400-674-187


General Land Office Presentation and Webinar - Cybersecurity Insurance in the Business World

When: 12:00-1:00pm | Thursday, October 18, 2018

Where: Stephen F Austin Building | Conference Room 330A

Summary: In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Office of Information Security (OIS) is bringing a representative of Munich RE America, an insurance company with a specialization in Cybersecurity Insurance. Cybersecurity insurance is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage.

Registration: Join in-person or Virtually with this Skype Meeting


Health and Human Services Cyber Fair

When: 8:00-1:00pm | Friday, October 19, 2018

Where: Public Hearing Room, John H. Winters Complex | 701  W. 51st Street, Austin, TX

Summary: The internet touches almost all aspects of everyone's daily life, whether we realize it or not.  Our goal is to engage our organization through this event to raise awareness and provide the resources needed to stay secure in a digital world.  This event will be available via webinar for those who can't attend.  Staff who attend in person can receive continuing education credit.  

HHSC Cybersecurity Fair Flyer (.pdf, 4.37MB)

Registration: Register for the 2018 HHS Cyber Fair

Questions may be directed to InfoSecurity@hhsc.state.tx.us 


National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Webinar: Energy Sector

When: 3:00- 4:00pm (ET) | Wednesday, October 23, 2018 

Summary: This webinar will provide an overview of NCCoE Energy Sector projects as well as a discussion lead by BlackRidge Technology on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

What to expect:

  • Information on NCCoE's past and current Energy Sector projects
  • Discussion on current and future cybersecurity challenges as they relate to IIoT

Register here for information on how to access the webinar.


Texas Military Department CyberAware18

When: 9:00- 1:30pm | Wednesday, October 31, 2018 

Where: Camp Mabry, Building 8 Atrium & Auditorium, Austin, TX 

Summary: TMD hosting an interactive cyber event, providing demonstrations on cyber exploitation and smart device threats, cyber career information, in addition to Lessons Learned from Colorado Department of Transportation among many other presentations and information booths.

More Information

Register Here!

TMD CyberAware18 Banner (.jpg, 179.57KB)

TMD CyberAware18 Agenda Poster (.pdf, 698.54KB)


TEEX Cyber Readiness Center

What: On-Demand Courses for Cyber Awareness

  Week 1: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
  Week 2: Educating for a Career In Cybersecurity
  Week 3: Online Safety at Work
  Week 4: Safeguarding the Nations Critical Infrastructure

Follow on twitter @teexcyberready

More information


Texas Education Agency Webinar -Cybersecurity Tips and Tools - Website Hardening

When: 1:00-2:00pm | Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Summary: The November 28th webinar provides information on improving your websites and ways to help protect the information shared on them. This presentation will cover some of the key steps that can be taken to improve your websites' cybersecurity posture.

Register Here | Webinar ID: 263-623-667

Events Around the State

If your organization is planning events for Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you'd like help spreading the word then let us know! DIR will be putting together a calendar of cybersecurity awareness events throughout the state.  Email DIRSecurity@dir.texas.gov with the details and we'll be sure to add you to the calendar (coming soon).

2017 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Materials

MS-ISAC Posters (PDF File)