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Cybersecurity efforts pushed in State legislature

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One riot, One Ranger. That famous Texas slogan is getting a new hi-tech spin at the state capitol.

Lawmakers are considering legislation to create a new top cop for cybersecurity.

There are two bills moving through the legislature both essentially drafted to do the same thing -- hack the hackers and protect computer systems in Texas.

There is a concern that hackers are out pacing security efforts that are being done right now.

This new position of Texas Cyber Security Coordinator would work with the State Cyber Security Council which was formed 2 years ago. Legislation sponsored by Republican Lyle Larson was discussed Monday in the House Technology Committee and a bill pushed by Democrat Leticia Van de Putte is awaiting floor action in the State Senate.

FOX 7 asked the Senator why she believes this job has to be done by a person in a newly created position.

"Five years ago Twitter was just a sound and 4G was a parking space. Everything now is done on virtual network. It's an opportunity on an economic development side where a lot of jobs are going to be. It's also incumbent on government to make sure our state agencies don't expose themselves to excursions or breeches," said Leticia Van de Putte.

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