State-Mandated Cybersecurity Course

Under a new state law, Tex. Gov't Code § 2054.5191, effective June 14, 2019, all local government employees and elected officials who have access to a local government computer system or database must complete a cybersecurity training program certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) at least annually.

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

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

Enrolling Your County in TAC's Certified Course

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

  1. Have your Commissioners Court approve enrolling your county’s employees;
  2. Submit the completed enrollment form to TAC by email or by fax to (512) 477-1324, or via Docusign.
  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, all fields in the enrollment template are required. Please be sure that all enrolled users have an email address (this is how training is sent) and that all information is spelled correctly, or training will not be sent properly.

Other Cybersecurity Training Offered by TAC

Since January 2019, TAC has provided free cybersecurity training to nearly 12,000 county employees. This currently assigned training is not certified to fulfill HB 3834's requirements. All counties, even those enrolled in TAC's current training program, will need to register specifically for the new certified training once registration opens.

Questions? Contact Dawn Noufer or Kelley Nail at (800) 456-5974