Created under Senate Bill 475 passed in the 87th Legislative Session, the vision of the RSOC is to provide for “boots on the ground” support close to local governments that need assistance with major cybersecurity incidents, as well as network security infrastructure that local governments can utilize.
“The RSOC is an exciting project that will help local governments strengthen their cybersecurity posture,” said Amanda Crawford, DIR’s executive director and Chief Information Officer for the state of Texas. “The university selected as our partner will play a critical role in the foundation of this program and its future success.”
The university partner will work with DIR to operate the pilot RSOC and provide security services and incident response to eligible regional entities. Additionally, the RSOC will also provide university students hands-on experience to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce.
DIR has published the RSOC “Expression of Interest” document, which contains additional information about the project and how to pursue partnership with DIR in establishing the RSOC. Interested universities should provide thorough responses to the series of questions on page six, which are designed to help inform DIR of a potential partner’s capabilities and resources that could be used for this initiative. The responses are due February 28, 2022.
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