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Required Texas training for all local and state employees, elected officials, and contractors!
This OSS Academy Cybersecurity & Malware Awareness for Employees (Texas HB 3834) Texas Department of Information Resources [DIR] certified online training course meets the requirements of Texas House Bill (HB) 3834 (R) that requires all state and local elected officials and employees and contractors to complete a newly created Texas State Certified Cybersecurity course.
This OSS Academy Cybersecurity & Malware Awareness for Employees (Texas HB 3834) course meets the requirements of:
- Texas Government Code Section 2054.519(b) for county, city, and state employees and contractors
- Texas Department of Information Resources [DIR]
- Texas House Bill (HB) 3834 (R)
Due to the highly serious threat to U.S., state, and local governments, this cybersecurity training must be completed no later than mid-June 2020 by all local government employees, and even earlier by state employees. For locally elected or employed individuals that access a computer, this training must be completed before June 14, 2020. This important course focuses on assisting public service employees with information security habits and procedures that protect information resources and reinforce best practices for detecting, assessing, and reporting, while addressing information security threats.
STATEWIDE TEXAS TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
- Employees who have access to a local government computer.
- Elected officials.
- Training Due Date: June 14, 2020
- Employees who use a computer at least 25 percent of the employee's required duties.
- Elected or appointed officers of the agency.
- Training Due Date: June 1, 2020
State Agency Contractors:
- Contractors who have access to a state computer system or database.
- Training Due Date: During term of contract and during renewal period.
Texas Peace Officers, Jailers, and Telecommunicators also receive one hour of course credit. Please note, the entire course, final exam(s), and course evaluation(s) must be completed in order to receive one hour of course credit. OSS Academy® typically reports 4 to 5 times each week [excluding U.S. Federal holidays]. We report your credit directly through TCLEDDS to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement [TCOLE]. You should have already provided your full and correct name, TCOLE PID number, and other important information when registering for your account. If not, once logged in, go to Edit Profile to update your information.
Should you have any questions, simply contact the OSS Academy® Training Coordinator by phone at 281-288-9190 (Ext. 205) or online at Contact OSS Academy®.
- Define cyber security key words, including attack, phishing, and malware
- Describe how to protect your devices from attack
- List elements of phishing emails
- Install and use malware protection software
OSS Academy® courses are
recognized designed by Subject Matter Experts who are nationally
recognized and licensed instructors. Many of our experts testify in law
enforcement, corrections, and security related defense cases throughout
Our curriculum meets or exceeds state course objective requirements.
For more information, visit OSS - Law Enforcement Advisors® or OSS Academy® online or simply contact the OSS Academy® Training Coordinator by phone at 281-288-9190 (Ext. 205) or online at Contact OSS Academy®.
TCOLE Training, Proficiency Requirements, & Course Equivalents
For your convenience, OSS Academy® provides our entire E-Learning Training Courses Listing and TCOLE Courses Listing.
For Texas Peace Officers, Jailers, and Telecommunicators, see also our TCOLE Course Equivalent Resource with imbedded hyperlinks.
Should you have any questions, simply contact the OSS Academy® Training
Coordinator by phone at 281-288-9190 (Ext. 205) or online at Contact OSS Academy®.