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 free 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 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 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 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.

Reporting Your County's Compliance with HB 3834

Your county will need to report its compliance with Texas House Bill 3834 to the Department of Information Resources (DIR) by June 14, 2020.

Your county 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. This form will become available in April.

Counties also have the option to allow employees to self-report their completion of a certified course through Texas by Texas (TxT), a digital app used for government-related business and tasks. If your county is interested in using TxT, let DIR know and they will submit additional information.

Regardless of using TxT, all counties are required to submit a compliance acknowledgement form to DIR, which will be available in April.

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.

Questions? Contact TAC Membership Services 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.

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