A bill in the pipeline of the Texas state legislature is intended to make vendor contracts with the government more streamlined, secure, and accountable. This push by lawmakers to address data and privacy security is the result of government agencies across the country being targeted. One of the most notable incidents was the theft of over 20 million records from the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). An investigation revealed that hackers were able to access OPM’s network using credentials granted to a third-party vendor. This attack stands as a perfect example of why government partnerships are the focus of this Texas legislation.
The recently proposed bill would apply to a wide range of vendor contracts with the Texas government and address those that meet the following requirements:
The proposed bill requires increased transparency and verification of vendor access controls through the use of software that monitors activity. The law states this software must:
As governments seek ways to improve transparency, communication, and security while better tracking expenditures – similar bills will become increasingly common. Is your company prepared?
In order to meet the tough new requirements in the proposed Texas bill, it is imperative that technology vendors have a product that meets or exceeds the requirements to keep your third-party network connections safe, secure, and compliant. Your company will benefit from improved productivity, minimized risk, automated routine tasks, and improved uptime – while complying with all security and audit regulations.