IRE Security Continuing Education

The Texas Cybersecurity Act passed during the 85th session of the legislature requires individuals with an information technology job role and information security job responsibilities to pursue continuing education (CE) hours in information security on an annual basis.  The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) designates these individuals as Information Resources Employees (IRE).

The number of hours an IRE must complete is based on their IRE Level designation:

Level Description Example Job Titles Req. CE
per fiscal year
1 All employees with an IT role.
  • Media Technical Coordinator
  • Telecommunications Analyst
2 Employees with IT administrative privileges or responsibilities
  • Cross Functional IT Support Specialist
  • Senior Data Analyst
3 Individuals with an IT information security role.
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Information Security Analyst