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Cybersecurity Landscape in Texas

Updated: Jan 16

“You cannot sit an employee in front of a screen, tell them to watch an hour-long video, and expect them to change their behavior to protect the company or organization. It must be personal, it must be engaging, and it must change their thinking.”



Cybersecurity has become a major focus across the nation. The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2018 dipped some from 1,632 in 2017 to 1,244 in 2018 but the number of records exposed jumped from 197 million to 446 million, according to a new report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). This represents a substantial hike of 126 percent.


Successful Cyber breaches just in Texas cost the state $195M in 2018 according to data compiled by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The IC3 consistently places Texas among the top three or four states in economic losses due to cybercrime. Government Agencies in Texas continue to be a high-value target. Between 2005 and 2018, there were almost ten-thousand data breaches exposing over 1.5 billion records including social security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, etc...


90% of all cyber breaches are successfully executed through targeting employees who are not cyber prepared, and the State Legislature has taken note. We could have the most sophisticated network protections in place, but if our employees are not trained on recognizing and avoiding cyber threats, the simple click of the mouse can cause a catastrophic data breach.


With this year’s passage of HB 3834, it is clear that all organizations (state and private alike) must be proactive in training their employees to recognize Cybersecurity issues and threat actors while being able to respond appropriately.


Do you want to meet the minimum requirements set forth by the DIR and HB 3834 or do you want to provide a more comprehensive training that provides value to both the organization and the employees themselves?


The Department of Information Resources (DIR) in Texas has compiled a list of certified vendors whose classes cover the important highlights of Cybersecurity. You can find the most updated list here: https://dir.texas.gov/View-About-DIR/Information-Security/Pages/Content.aspx?id=154 How do you decide which program to use? There are currently 25 approved programs from Vendors that are certified, how do you differentiate them all? It really depends on what you are looking for.


Do you want an online program or a live training? Do you want the program to be boring and bland or do you want it to be fun, engaging, and dynamic? Do you want to meet the minimum requirements set forth by the DIR and HB 3834 or do you want to provide a more comprehensive training that provides value to both the organization and the employees themselves? How much are you budgeted to spend? Finally, how often do you want to train them?


We suggest contacting at least a handful of the approved vendors and get a feel for what the training will be like, how much it will cost, and if the session actually affect change in your organization. You see, you cannot sit an employee in front of a screen, tell them to watch an hour-long video, and expect them to change their behavior to protect the company or organization. It must be personal, it must be engaging, and it must change their thinking.


Once you have contacted a few, invite them to come have an in-person conversation with you about your organization’s particular needs. If they are not willing to come talk to you in person, they probably are not worth your time. You want a “partner in crime” who is invested in your organization and wants to help create a culture of cybersecurity awareness.


The case for our training:


So why might you pick TBG Solutions for your cybersecurity training needs? First off, we come highly recommended. See references at the end of this blog. We are personal, we are local, and we have a passion to change thinking, change behavior, and manage risk through entertaining, engaging, and empowering training. We evaluate every one of our training attendees and 99% of them all say they feel empowered, equipped or encouraged, that the training changed or reinforced their thinking, and that all staff should go through our training.


We provide a comprehensive solution that is scalable to meet the needs of both small and large organizations at a competitive cost. Our approach is holistic and covers the various aspects of a Cybersecurity Awareness campaign to improve the security posture of any organization as well as make this type of program available to organizations that traditionally could not afford this service. We believe that our solution is uniquely positioned to meet the Cyber Landscape Requirements for organizations in Texas.


What exactly do we provide?


• Live Training + Online Training + Custom Phishing Campaigns + Threat Analytics = Complete Cyber Awareness Solution

• Engaging and entertaining Onsite Training Options to supplement the online learning experience one time, monthly, or yearly.

• Dashboard to track employee online progress

• Interactive Training modules to keep the Employees’ attention during the training

• Short Micro-Training modules (5 minutes) to allow Employees to train at work or on their own time from any connected device

• Custom Phishing Campaigns at the discretion of your organization throughout the year that allows Employees to be tested on what they’ve learned and identify security focus areas to target in training

• Our courses provide Continuing Education Credits for Employees

• Complete set of Information Technology Policy Templates to supplement existing policies or provide this resource to those who do not have an IT/Security policy in place

• Employee Risk Scorecards to identify employees that might need additional training and support to minimize risk

• Optional Virtual CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) provided at an additional cost to those who may not have this resource


As you do your research to determine what program to use, reach out to us! We would love to sit down over coffee or lunch and discuss the needs of your particular organization.


References:

East Texas Council of Governments

Smith County Texas

Tyler, Texas

East Texas Telephone Cooperative

Tyler Junior College

Lindale ISD

Winona ISD

And many more!

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