The Harris County Universal Services Cybersecurity division is introducing a new security awareness training program for county employees this fall.
KnowBe4 is a premier, interactive teaching software that will serve as the security awareness training platform for Harris County employees, and the team is preparing to launch it in October, according to Dr. Daniel Harrison, Interim Chief Cybersecurity Officer of HCUS-Cybersecurity.
"Security training is not just important for all employees to learn, it is actually required for most government employees by state law," Harrison said.
Under Texas House Bill 1118, which passed May 18, 2021, local government employees who use a computer must take a certified security awareness training course each year. Certain employees who do not take the required training can have their computer network access taken away.
Because October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, HCUS-Cybersecurity is launching the mandatory security awareness training for county employees at that time.
"We believe we will have 100 percent compliance because most employees do care about their user and information security and want to be proactive," Harrison said. "We are excited about using the KnowBe4 software because it offers phishing simulations, which will be more effective with user engagement and awareness."