Governor: Greg Abbott [R]
Head of State-Level Cybersecurity (CISO/TX): Nancy Rainosek
Texas has some of the toughest Cybersecurity Acts in the United States. HB 8, the Texas Cybersecurity Act, and the Texas Cybercrime Act are both designed to prosecute and make clear that there are repcrussions for purposeful breaches of data for elicit gain.
The Texas Cybersecurity Council is a driving-force being the State's InfoSec posture. The Council was established by the Department of Information Resources for the following reasons:
- Ensuring that the State maintains lasting and effective partnerships between private and pubic entities;
- Ensuring that critical and sensitive infrastructure are protected;
- To continue to develop an exemplary cybersecurity workforce to protect resources in Texas from increasing threats;
- To develop strategies and solutions to ensure that Texas offers leadership in areas of cybersecurity at a national level.
However, despite all of Texas' valiant efforts in trying to reduce security threats we still note that in August 19, 2019, twenty-two small-town governments in Texas were hit by ransomware attacks. These cyberattacks disabled the local governments from taking utility and other payments.
As you'd expect in Texas, most Cybersecuity Conferences in Texas are SCADA and ICS-related. Aside from SCADA events in Texas, there are also several Energy events as well.
In order of quantity of InfoSec events in Texas the cities that have the most events are: Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Bryan and finally Galveston
Texan security events
All "major" cybersecurity conferenes (virtual or "in-person") in Texas will be automatically placed within this resource.