The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has announced the formation of a new statewide Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council. The Council’s goals are to leverage public/private partnerships to improve the infrastructure of the state’s cybersecurity operations, examine strategies to accelerate the growth of cybersecurity as an industry in Texas, and to encourage the industry to call Texas “home.”
The Council was created and authorized by Senate Bill 988 (SB 988), enacted in the 82nd regular legislative session. Senator Leticia Van de Putte authored the bill and Representative Lyle Larson sponsored it in the House.
SB 988 calls for the Council to include representatives from governmental agencies, businesses, and institutions of higher education.
"We are pleased to hear that such fine people have been selected for the council," said Senator Van de Putte. "The council will not only enhance the security of the State's critical infrastructure, it will promote growth of the cyber security industry in Texas."
Representative Larson added, "We look forward to seeing improved synergy between governmental agencies, businesses, and institutions of higher education to help Texas become a leader in cyber security technology and set an example for the rest of the nation."
As October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, the Council’s first meeting is expected to occur the week of October 11, 2011.
“I am excited about this new technology initiative. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and is vitally important to our infrastructure. I look forward to working to protect Texans, maintaining the state’s role as a leader in cybersecurity, and promoting economic development in Texas,” said the state’s Chief Information Officer and DIR Executive Director Karen Robinson.
Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council Members:
Dr. David Abarca - Information Security Program Director - Del Mar College
Robert (Bob) Butler – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy – U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Frederick Chang – AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security/Professor – University of Texas at San Antonio
Mary Dickerson – Chief Information Security Officer – University of Houston System
Sam Segran – Chief Information Officer – Texas Tech University
Lt. Colonel Timothy Smith – Chief Information Officer – Texas Army National Guard
Dr. Gregory White – Director, Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security – University of Texas at San Antonio
Jonathan Taylor – Director of Texas Emerging Technology Fund – Office of the Governor
Todd Kimbriel – Director of E. Government – Texas Department of Information Resources
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) promotes a shared vision for Texas that maximizes the value of the State’s technology investment by identifying common areas of interest, using technology to advance agency missions, and preserving flexibility to innovate. Visit DIR at www.dir.texas.gov.