The 85th Texas Legislature considered and approved a variety of cybersecurity-related legislation during the regular session that went into effect a little over a year ago on September 1, 2017. From a substantive perspective, versus a numeric one, Texas has taken a leadership role in addressing various public sector cybersecurity and data privacy issues.
Texas laws cover a range of relevant concerns, such as required practices for state agencies, continuous monitoring and auditing of network systems and processes, updating the penal code for the digital era, and important student data privacy protections. Other states have taken steps to address some of these issues but the newly adopted Texas legislative approach is comprehensive.
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