Cyberattacks have been on the increase all over the United States and Texas is no exception. As the old saying goes — “don’t mess with Texas.” And with the passage of Texas HB 3834, cyberattackers will feel the sting of it. Texas HB 3834 mandates that state employees must participate in an approved cybersecurity awareness training program.
Texas HB 3834 will be a good step forward in cybersecurity for the state.
What is Texas HB 3834 and why is it needed?
The first question probably crossing your mind is what is Texas HB 3834? Enacted in 2020, this regulation requires that state employees complete mandatory training in a cybersecurity awareness program from a list of approved cyber security awareness training programs. This list of approved cybersecurity awareness training programs on the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) website.
Texas HB 3834 did not just appear out of nowhere like a Texas tumbleweed. Rather, it is a well-founded and a needed response to the dramatic rise of cyberattacks that have targeted state and municipal governments nationwide, with Texas feeling the brunt of it.
Below is a rundown of some relatively recent events in Texas:
Texas governor Greg Abbot warned