P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2017
ADDRESSING CYBERSECURITY AND CONTRACTING
AUSTIN — Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, filed two bills today aimed at building on work from last session relating to state contracting and promoting cybersecurity within state agencies. Both bills address significant issues before the Legislature.
Senator Nelson said, "SB 532 will help us better secure the sensitive data stored by our agencies and protect against cyber-attacks." She added, "SB 533 builds upon our contracting reforms from last session, bringing additional government functions under the enhanced oversight and strengthening oversight of information technology contracts."
SB 532 directs the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to assess each state agency's Information Technology (IT) security when making a major IT purchase. It also requires agencies not using Data Center Services (DCS) to consider cloud storage or a DCS for their data storage needs. SB 532 requires DIR to produce a report on state agency use of commercial could service along with cost savings.
State Contracting Oversight
SB533 strengthens oversight of state contracting to ensure that state business with the private sector remains transparent, accountable and competitive by giving legislative leaders more oversight of major information. The bill adds the Comptroller to the Quality Assurance Team (QAT). Agencies will now be required to submit a technical architectural assessment for major IT projects to the QAT. SB 533 also brings Regional Education Service Centers under additional contract oversight. Senator Nelson is also evaluating the Comptroller’s recently released Centralized State Purchasing Study for other cost saving measures to include in her legislation.
Senator Nelson has filed a total of 15 bills for the 85th Legislative Session. To follow bill action after the filing process visit www.capitol.state.tx.us