SAN ANGELO, Texas — Resources (DIR) announced today that they will be partnering with Angelo State University to operate a pilot Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC) to provide Texas local governments with cybersecurity support.
Amanda Crawford, DIR’s Executive Director and Chief Information Officer for the state of Texas said, “We are excited to partner with ASU as we expand cybersecurity services to local entities in the West Texas region, we received exceptional proposals from several Texas public universities, but ASU’s proposal convinced us that they will hit the ground running and lay the foundation for this program’s future success for all of Texas.”
ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. also had this to say, “Angelo State is proud to partner with the DIR on this initiative, It fits tightly within our vision of being an innovative leader for the region, state, and globe. This program will enable ASU to become a leader in the region and foster a cyber/technology community of practice with a variety of entities and groups, each with their own unique needs. Our key objective is to develop a cybersecurity center of excellence that not only is a regional hub, but also one for the state of Texas.”
Senate Bill 475, passed in the 87th Legislative Session, created the RSOC to provide “boots on the ground” support close to local governments that need assistance with major cybersecurity incidents. The RSOC also offers network security infrastructure that local governments will be able to utilize and give university students the hands on experience to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow. The RSOC may also provide real-time network security monitoring; network security alerts; incident response; and cybersecurity educational services. All eligible customers include counties, local governments, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and regional state agency offices.
DIR’s vision is to partner with other public universities to establish additional RSOCs throughout the state to serve local entities and assist in protecting the state from cyber threats. This aligns with a state wide approach to cybersecurity that increases the threat protection and maturity of all of Texas through collaboration and partnerships.
Angelo State Universities deployment strategy is to leverage existing cybersecurity academic programs in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies, Department of Computer Science and other departments, as well as existing staff and infrastructure, to grow local expertise, expand ASU facilities, and increase infrastructure and resources to expedite the establishment of the RSOC. ASU will also be able to provide quality interns to augment the RSOC while the students gain real-world experience in offensive and defensive cyber operations and cyber intel support.
The mission of the Texas Department of Information Resources is to serve Texas government by leading the state’s technology strategy, protecting state technology infrastructure, and offering innovative and cost-effective solutions for all levels of government. Visit DIR at https://www.dir.texas.gov.
Texas Department of Information Resources
Brittney Booth Paylor
Director of Media and Government Affairs
Angelo State University
Vice President for External Affairs