Cybersecurity Outreach Activities

Bringing Cybersecurity Events to You 

DIR hosts and participates in many different events throughout the year to highlight the importance of cybersecurity – both in your professional life as a cybersecurity professional, and as a Texas citizen. 

  • Gartner Series Webinar
    Webinars focused on current cybersecurity trends and topics.
    Audience: All interested public sector employees.
    Date held: Third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am Central Time. 

  • OCISO Educational Webinars
    These webinars focus on providing new trends, cybersecurity technologies and lessons learned from the vendor community. Notifications of these webinars go out through our mailing lists.  
    Audience: All interested public sector employees.
    Date held: 4th Wednesday of every even-numbered month at 11:00 am Central Time. 

  • Information Security Forum (ISF): A premier conference open to Texas public sector employees focusing on security trends and technologies. Date held: Annually in the springtime. 

  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Each October, join your fellow cybersecurity professionals to promote vigilance and best practices. 

  • Texas High School Public Service Announcement Competition: This competition solicits high school students to use their creativity and learn the importance of cybersecurity practices. Date held: Annually in October. 

  • CyberStart America: This online cyber challenge contest for high school students invites them to play and learn about cybersecurity through a series of games and challenges, which can lead to prizes and scholarship money.  Date held: Annually, November through April. 

  • Texas ISAO Weekly Newsletter: This newsletter highlights the latest trends, breaches, vulnerabilities, threat intelligence, and upcoming events.  

  • Security-Officer mail list: This mail list is intended to be a forum for officially designated state agency or higher education C/ISO. Subscribers may use the list to: 

    • Seek advice from other government ISOs regarding security issues. 

    • Receive updates on current security alerts including alerts from MS-ISAC and US-CERT. 

    • Discuss technical issues.    

    • Request referrals or opinions about IT security products and services.   

    • Share resources and expertise.

  • Texas ISAO Mail List: Sign up for the latest news and updates relevant to your organization. Sign up here.

Information for Texas Citizens

Texas citizens can visit Texas.gov/Cybercorner for news, tips, and resources to protect their information from a cyberattack.  

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