Annual Cybersecurity Compliance Training

Course Enrollment Coming November 2022

TAC's DIR-certified cybersecurity training

Texas Government Code § 2054.5191 requires all county employees, elected officials, and appointed officials who have access to a local government computer system or database and use a computer to perform at least 25 percent of their duties to complete an annual cybersecurity training that has been certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

TAC offers counties a free cybersecurity course that is certified to fulfill Texas Government Code § 2054.5191's requirements each year. Affected entities are required to report their staff's completion of a certified course to DIR by Aug. 31 each year.

Who needs to complete a certified course?

The law applies to the following who have access to a local government computer system or database and use a computer to perform at least 25 percent of their duties:

  • All local government elected officials.
  • Local government and state agency employees.
  • State agency contractors.

What is the penalty for noncompliance?

HB 1118 requires counties that apply for grants outlined in Government Code Chapter 772 on or after Sept. 1, 2021, to submit with the grant application a written certification of the county's compliance with the annual cybersecurity training.

Counties that apply for and receive a grant outlined in this chapter on or after Sept. 1, 2021, but have not complied with the cybersecurity training requirement may be required to repay the grant to the state and may be considered ineligible for other grants.

Reporting compliance with Texas Government Code § 2054.5191

TAC provides its certified cybersecurity course as a means for counties and organizations to comply with Texas Government Code § 2054.5191. However, TAC does not monitor, enforce or report course completion.

Your organization will need to report compliance with the training requirement to the Department of Information Resources by Aug. 31 each year, asserting that all of its required employees have completed a cybersecurity training course that has been certified by DIR to fulfill the requirements of Texas Government Code § 2054.5191.

Questions? Contact TAC's Cybersecurity Training Support Team at SecurityTraining@county.org or (800) 456-5974.