The 86th Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3834 requiring state and local government employees to annually complete a certified cybersecurity training program. DIR, in consultation with the Texas Cybersecurity Council, is required to certify at least five cybersecurity training programs as required by this legislation. To be certified, a cybersecurity training program must: (1) focus on forming information security habits and procedures that protect information resources; and (2) teach best practices for detecting, assessing, reporting, and addressing information security threats.
Since HB 3834 went into effect on June 14, 2019, DIR has worked with statewide stakeholders and the Texas Cybersecurity Council to develop detailed certification criteria and a systematic process for certifying cybersecurity programs.
Once DIR certifies a minimum of five training programs, the list of programs will be published on the DIR website. Additional programs will be certified on a continuing basis for the first year. All mandated state and local employees and elected officials are required to complete the training by June 14, 2020.
Visit the cybersecurity awareness training certification webpage for additional details.
Please direct any questions to TXTrainingCert@dir.texas.gov.