Rep. Fletcher’s article on Texas combating cyber crime was recently published in ASSIST’s Managing Security Magazine.
In 2001, the Texas legislature tasked the DIR with establishing a statewide security program. In 2005, we authorized the DIR to establish the Network and Security Operations Center, which was fully operational in 2007. This center attempts to prevent penetrations and scans for vulnerabilities and intrusions. The Cybersecurity Council was authorized in 201l and a year later released their initial report with recommendations for the state.
Several of the recommendations from the report and interim hearings were passed into law in the 2013 Legislative Session.