State-Mandated Cybersecurity Course

Texas House Bill 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.

TAC offers counties a free cybersecurity course that is certified to fulfill HB 3834's requirements each year. Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Counties are required to report their staff’s completion of a certified course to DIR by June 15 each year.

2020-2021 Course Enrollment for Counties

TAC will open enrollment for the 2020-2021 training cycle on September 1, 2020, for which counties will need to report their compliance to DIR by June 15, 2021.

Counties who wish to complete TAC’s certified course to satisfy the 2021 requirement will need to register for the 2020-2021 training cycle, even if they were enrolled in a previous course.

TAC will reach out to counties in August 2020 with information on registering for the new certified course.

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

TAC provides its offering of a certified cybersecurity course as a means for counties and organizations to comply with Texas House Bill 3834. However, TAC does not monitor, enforce, or report course completion.

Your county or organization's governing body will need to report your entity's compliance with the training requirement to the Department of Information Resources (DIR) by June 15 each year, 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.

Enrollment for Non-County Entities

TAC offers its certified cybersecurity training course to non-county entities for a fee. TAC will open enrollment for the 2020-2021 training cycle to non-county entities on November 1, 2020, for which required entities will need to report their compliance to DIR by June 15, 2021.

Other Cybersecurity Training Offered by TAC

TAC has offered cybersecurity training courses since 2019. Training that was assigned prior to January 2020 was not certified to fulfill HB 3834's requirements. For employees to have achieved compliance for the 2020 requirement through a TAC-provided course, they should have been enrolled in and completed a course with “(Certified State-Mandated Course)” at the end of the course title.

Courses that satisfy the 2020 requirement:
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training (Certified State-Mandated Course)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Other Entities (Certified State-Mandated Course)

Courses that do not satisfy the 2020 requirement:
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training #1: Security at a Glance (Not Certified)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training #2: Preventing Phishing (Not Certified)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training #3: Safe Remote & Mobile Computing (Not Certified)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training #4: Privacy Principles (Not Certified)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Responsible Use of Social Media (Not Certified)
TAC Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Safe Computing (Not Certified)

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