Repealed: Texas Law Mandating Vulnerability Testing of Network Hardware and Software
June 30, 2011
By Al Potter

A new law went into effect on December 1, 2010 in Texas, which mandated that network hardware and software delivered to the state undergo "independent certification testing for known and relevant vulnerabilities."  As we explained in a blog post earlier this year, ICSA Labs as a testing lab—and our certification program—met the requirements of the Texas Law.   

Well, time passes, and things change.  We live in interesting times. 

On Friday, June 17, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed Texas Senate Bill (SB) 781, which among other things, repeals the vulnerability testing law.  The repeal became effective immediately, although due to administrative rules within the Texas Department of Information Resources, it may be several months before all traces of the law disappear from the Texas Administrative code and the relevant contract language. 

Although SB 781 was introduced in February, the language to repeal was slipped into the bill as an oral amendment from the floor only a few days before the end of the legislative session in late May 2011, and received little or no discussion.   

I’m not sure what happened here, and while it's clear that the mandate no longer exists in the law, the intent of the original law—to enhance delivery of reliable and secure network hardware and software to the state of Texas by requiring it to undergo independent testing—is still admirable.  ICSA Labs encourages purchasers everywhere, not just in Texas, to make the best, most well-informed purchasing decisions by taking advantage of the assurance provided by the internationally recognized and ISO accredited ICSA Labs certification programs. 


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