Boca Raton, Florida based Center for Information Security Awareness (CFISA) is pleased to announce that their online security awareness training program has been certified by the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). Those who are interested in learning more about CFISA and the training it provides can view the company’s Facebook page for more information.
CFISA is proud to announce that, in accordance with Texas Government Code, Section 2054.519, the Texas Department of Information Resources has reviewed the company’s training program and determined that it meets the required criteria for state and local government employees’ training. CFISA’s Security Awareness Program is now added to the list of certified training programs, which can be found on the Department of Information Resources website.
The Texas Department of Information Resources certifies cybersecurity training programs with consultation from the Texas Cybersecurity council. The training programs, in accordance with the Texas Government Code Section 2054.519(b), have to focus on several important factors, such as forming information security habits and procedures that protect information resources as well as teaching best practices for detecting, assessing, reporting and addressing information security threats.
Texas’ current training requirements rule that annual training must be completed by June 14, 2020, by employees of state and local agencies. For state agencies, employees who use a computer for at least 25% of their required duties as well as elected or appointed officers of the agency must undergo this training, and the same is true for local agencies, such as employees of the local government who have access to a local government computer system or database (including elected officials). According to the Texas DIR website, contractors of state agencies who have access to a state computer system or database must also complete training during the term of the contract and during any renewal period. Interested parties can learn more about the state’s legislation on the DIR website.
Michael Levin, founder, and CEO of the Center for Information Security Awareness says, “It doesn’t matter how many automated methods you have to detect and prevent a breach of your organization’s security, you aren’t totally safe until you know that your employees have the knowhow to act in ways that boost your security instead of creating weak spots. With the CFISA Security Awareness Program, you can teach your employees what real threats look like and how to respond to them. At CFISA, we understand that the real path to total data security starts at the human level, and that’s how we approach all of our training programs. With this new certification, we are now able to help more organizations keep their data and systems safe.”
CFISA’s Security Awareness Training course looks over everything from the basics of how cybercrime can affect a business to the many methods by which hackers may target a company and it’s customer data. Security training empowers employees to protect their organizations and customer data. The program is separated into two levels, Level I and Level II.
Level I, a nine-lesson course, provides an overview of the risk associated with cybercrime and best practices to protect the business from phishing, email threats and other cybercrimes. Level II, which has a total of 15 lessons, expands on everything that is taught during Level I training and provides employees with a more robust cybersecurity awareness training experience. This course is designed to reduce company risk and enhance knowledge about protecting the workplace from identity fraud, how human behavior is exploited by cybercriminals and the business impact of cybercrime.
Levin says, “Given how prominent cybercrime has become and how creative these hackers are, it is not surprising that the State of Texas and the government of the United States have implemented very strict requirements for the training courses that teach government employees how to deal with these issues. We are proud to be part of the select few organizations that have the certification required to provide this training.”
Those who want to learn more about CFISA and the various services they provide can find more information on the company’s website. Additionally, the company encourages interested parties to contact CFISA directly via email or phone. Alternatively, the company can be reached through the contact form on their website. CFISA also maintains a presence on Facebook where they frequently post updates, share information and communicate with the members of their community.