Registration is now open for the Texas Association of Counties' free cybersecurity training course. Under House Bill 3834, passed by the 86th Legislature in 2019, all local government elected officials and most county employees and contractors must complete annually a cybersecurity class that has been certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).
TAC is encouraging counties to enroll their entire staff and all their elected officials in the 45-minute online course. We’ve made it easy to sign up — visit www.county.org/cybersecurity to complete an enrollment form and a list of your county's employees to be registered.
This TAC course fulfills the requirements of the law, keeping your county in compliance.
The law applies to every elected county official, as well as county employees who have access to a local government computer system or database. They will need to complete a DIR-certified class by June 14, 2021. Even if officials and employees took the course earlier in 2020, they will need to be reenrolled and to complete the class by the deadline to satisfy the requirements for 2021.
A computer network breach is one of those things that can keep government leaders up at night. A hack can compromise information security, erode public trust and cost huge sums to correct.
TAC has selected its training vendor with the needs of its members in mind. The course builds foundational knowledge of the principles of cybersecurity awareness that will be relevant to most county personnel. For more information, contact us by phone at (800) 456-5974 or by email at SecurityTraining@county.org.