State-Mandated Cybersecurity Course

A new state law, HB 3834, effective June 14, 2019, requires all local government employees and elected officials who have access to a local government computer system or database to complete a cybersecurity training program certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) at least annually.

Registration for the TAC cybersecurity training course that has been certified by the DIR is now open, and the course launches for registered counties on Jan. 15, 2020. County officials and staff have until June 14, 2020, to complete training for the first annual requirement.

To ensure convenient and efficient implementation for Texas counties, TAC is relying on commissioners courts to enroll their county staff in its entirety, rather than on an individual or office level.

Enrolling Your County or Organization in TAC's Certified Course

To enroll your county or organization in TAC's course, complete the following steps:

  1. Have your commissioners court or organization leadership approve enrolling your county's employees.
  2. Submit the completed enrollment form to TAC via Docusignemail or fax to (512) 479-1807.
  3. Download the user enrollment template, complete the requested information for your county's employees and send via email in .xls, .xlsx or .csv format.

Please note that all fields in the enrollment template are required. Please be sure that all information is spelled correctly, or training will not be sent properly.

Reporting Your County's or Organization's Compliance with HB 3834

Your county or organization will need to report its compliance with Texas House Bill 3834 to the Department of Information Resources (DIR) by June 15, 2020.

Your county or organization’s governing body will need to report compliance by submitting an acknowledgement form to DIR, asserting that all of its employees have completed a cybersecurity training course that has been certified by DIR to fulfill the requirements of HB 3834. DIR's form for reporting employees' completion of a certified course is available now on the DIR webpage.

Other Cybersecurity Training Offered by TAC

Since January 2019, TAC has provided free cybersecurity training to nearly 12,000 county employees. The training that was assigned last year was  not certified to fulfill HB 3834's requirements. All counties, even those previously enrolled in TAC's training program, will need to register specifically for the new certified training.

Questions? Contact TAC's Cybersecurity Support Team at (800) 456-5974.

Counties Registered for TAC's Certified Course

Below you'll find a list of the counties that have begun or completed the registration process for the certified cybersecurity course. For questions about the status of your county's registration, contact TAC Membership Services' Cybersecurity Support Team.

Registered Counties
Anderson
Aransas
Archer
Armstrong
Atascosa
Bailey
Bandera
Baylor
Bee
Bell
Blanco
Borden
Bosque
Bowie
Brazos
Brewster
Briscoe
Brown
Burleson
Burnet
Caldwell
Calhoun
Callahan
Cameron
Carson
Cass
Castro
Cherokee
Childress
Clay
Cochran
Coke
Coleman
Collingsworth
Comal
Comanche
Concho
Cooke
Coryell
Cottle
Crane
Crockett
Dallam
Deaf Smith
Delta
DeWitt
Dickens
Dimmit
Donley
Duval
Eastland
Ector
Edwards
Ellis
Falls
Fannin
Fayette
Fisher
Floyd
Foard
Franklin
Freestone
Frio
Gaines
Garza
Gillespie
Glasscock
Goliad
Gonzales
Gray
Gregg
Grimes
Guadalupe
Hale
Hall
Hamilton
Hansford
Hardeman
Hardin
Harris
Harrison
Hartley
Hays
Hemphill
Henderson
Hockley
Hopkins
Houston
Howard
Hunt
Hutchinson
Irion
Jack
Jackson
Jasper
Jeff Davis
Jefferson
Jim Hogg
Jim Wells
Jones
Karnes
Kaufman
Kendall
Kent
Kerr
Kimble
King
Kinney
Kleberg
Knox
Lamar
Lamb
Lampasas
Lavaca
Lee
Limestone
Lipscomb
Live Oak
Llano
Lynn
Madison
Marion
Martin
Mason
Matagorda
McCulloch
McMullen
Medina
Menard
Midland
Milam
Mills
Mitchell
Montague
Moore
Morris
Motley
Nacogdoches
Newton
Nolan
Nueces
Ochiltree
Oldham
Palo Pinto
Panola
Parker
Palmer
Polk
Potter
Rains
Reagan
Real
Red River
Reeves
Refugio
Roberts
Robertson
Rockwall
Runnels
Rusk
Sabine
San Augustine
San Jacinto
San Patricio
Schleicher
Scurry
Schackelford
Shelby
Sherman
Smith
Stephens
Sterling
Stonewall
Swisher
Sutton
Taylor
Terrell
Terry
Titus
Throckmorton
Tom Green
Trinity
Tyler
Upton
Uvalde
Val Verde
Van Zandt
Victoria
Walker
Ward
Washington
Webb
Wharton
Wheeler
Wichita
Willacy
Wise
Wilson
Winkler
Yoakum
Young