PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

State Seeks Information on Cybersecurity

(Austin) — The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) will soon send out cybersecurity survey to public and private organizations around the state. The purpose of the survey is to gather information from these organizations in order to formulate recommendations that will enhance the cybersecurity infrastructure in Texas.

On Tuesday, February 28 at 10 a.m., Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26) will hold a press conference in the Senate Press Room (2E.9) to further discuss the importance of cyber security in Texas. "With innovation and continuous risk mitigation, Texas will become a more secure state for businesses, institutions of education, government, and families," Van de Putte said.

"Cybersecurity is critical for the state of Texas in order to improve and grow its economy, defend its information infrastructure, and protect the livelihood of its citizens," said Senator Van de Putte, in a letter of support for the Texas Cybersecurity Infrastructure Awareness Survey. "As our reliance on these networks increases, we must also increase our awareness of the serious threat that cyber attacks pose to our society. Cyber attacks are real occurrences that have the potential to impact every aspect of our daily lives. Thus, the protection of critical information and communications infrastructure must be a high priority."

Every IT leader from state agencies, school districts, refineries, military installations, federal agencies, cities/counties, hospitals, and other organizations should fill out this survey so the Council can identify problems as well as best practices that can be modeled throughout the state of Texas.

The survey was produced by DIR on behalf of the Texas Cybersecurity Education and Economic Development Council, created and authorized by Senate Bill 988 (82nd).

The Department of Information Resources selected members from throughout the state to serve on the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council. With an impressive pool of applicants to choose from, these Council members represent some of the most skilled cybersecurity expertise in the country. DIR also provides technical and administrative support and serves as a member of the Council.

"DIR is both excited and honored to be tasked with the implementation of Senator Van de Putte's legislation. The Council has been working hard, and I am so pleased to see the progress made as they study the cybersecurity threats that may impact Texas. I invite all who manage and maintain Texas' government and industry cyber infrastructure to share your challenges and approaches to help safeguard Texas," said the state's Chief Information Officer and DIR Executive Director Karen Robinson.

If you would like to receive a survey, or if you have any questions, contact Angel Cruz, Chief Information Security Officer for DIR and the state of Texas, at (512) 463-1030 or angel.cruz@dir.texas.gov.

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