DIR Certified Cybersecurity Training Programs (HB 3834)

In accordance with House Bill (HB) 3834, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has published a list of certified cybersecurity training programs, for state and local government employees. Additional programs will be certified on a continuing basis. Visit the cybersecurity awareness training certification webpage for details. https://dir.texas.gov/View-About-DIR/Information-Security/Pages/Content.aspx?id=154

The next steps for state and local governments entities are:

If your organization is currently using a cybersecurity training program:

Check the list of certified programs to see if it has been certified.
– If it has, continue using that program to meet the requirements of HB 3834. Make note of the modules listed with the certified program and make sure you are including these in your program.
– If it has NOT, first, make sure your program has been submitted for certification. (If it’s a 3rd party program, check with the vendor.) Second, continue to monitor the list of certified programs as additional programs will be added as they are certified.

If your organization is not currently using a cybersecurity training program:
– Review the list of certified programs to find one that meets your needs.
– Contact the point of contact for instructions on:

1. how to access the training program (if you selected an in-house program that the organization is willing to share), or
2. how to procure the training program (if you selected a 3rd party program).

All mandated state and local employees and elected officials are required to complete annual cybersecurity training by June 14, 2020. Vendors providing services to state agencies, under certain conditions, are also required to complete cybersecurity training.

Please direct any questions to TxTrainingCert@dir.texas.gov.