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CyberSecurity and Senate Bill 820

With the passage of Senate Bill 820 from the 86th Texas Legislature, districts are now required to implement several security measures. Beginning September 1, 2019, districts will need to:

  • Designate a security coordinator
  • Adopt a cybersecurity policy
  • Report any breach of student personally identifiable data to TEA


CyberSecurity Policy:

A district is required to have a cybersecurity policy in order to:

  1. secure district cyberinfrastructure against cyber attacks and other cybersecurity incidents.
  2. determine cybersecurity risk and implement mitigation planning.

The policy may not conflict with the information security standards for institutions of higher education adopted by the Department of Information Resources under Chapters 2054 and 2059, Government Code.


CyberSecurity Coordinator:

The superintendent of each school district must designate someone to be the cybersecurity coordinator for the district to serve as a liaison between the district and the agency in cybersecurity matters.

The cybersecurity coordinator is required to:

  • report any breach of the district’s information systems to the agency. 
  • provide notice to a parent or guardian of a breach that involves a student’s PIA.

TASB Cybersecurity Resources 

These and other articles can be found on TASB's Technology page in the TASB Legal eSource Library, which is constantly updated and increased.

SB 15 – Tools on Local Remote Learning Programs

The following resources are available for administrators in response to the recent passage of SB 15, the bill allowing school districts to receive funding for virtual learning starting with the current school year:

Cybersecurity Planning Workshops

TETL will be hosting various workshops across the state to help you and your team members understand the new laws around cybersecurity and get you started on your cybersecurity plan. This will be a hands-on, working session to assist you in developing your plan and staying in compliance with the new legislation (SB 820 and HB 3834). We encourage you to bring a team so you can work on these items together.