State IT Innovation of the Year
In 2022, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) partnered with Texas’ Angelo State University to operate the pilot Regional Security Operations Center (RSOC) and provide Texas local government entities with cybersecurity support. The first of its kind in the nation, the RSOC offers security monitoring, alerting, guidance, training, and protection to help customers prevent and recover rapidly from cybersecurity incidents. University students can work at the RSOC and receive hands-on experience, strengthening the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow. In 2023, DIR plans to add two more RSOCs at the University of Texas in Austin and in the Rio Grande Valley.