With the passage of Texas State Senate Bill 936 in 2019, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) were empowered to develop a more collaborative, strategic approach to identifying vulnerabilities and finding areas to improve security measures across Texas’ critical electric infrastructure. Paragon Systems was selected as an independent agency by the PUCT to serve as the state’s Cybersecurity Monitor.

The purpose of the Texas Cybersecurity Monitor is to develop a voluntary Outreach Program to promote collaborative discussion on cyber and physical security between the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and participant Texas Monitored Utilities (MUs) by which Monitored Utilities can express awareness and preparedness through their governance, practices, and training.

Program Components

Security Meetings

Quarterly sessions between our cybersecurity monitors and utilities to provide opportunities to share best practices, discuss threats, vulnerabilities, and hot topics.


Biennial cybersecurity-focused incident response (IR) training opportunity, designed to simulate a realistic scenario that focuses on a utility’s capability to detect, identify, protect, respond, and recover from an attack.


Confidential comprehensive surveys comprised of 17 cybersecurity domains designed to evaluate a utility’s cyber and physical security efforts. Maturity Improvement Reports (MIR) provided post self assessment.


Annual conference with keynote speakers from the public and private sector, best practice lectures, in-person tabletop exercises, and networking opportunities.