September 22, 2023

Coastal Bend College

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TikTok Banned at All CBC Locations

Coastal Bend College is taking steps to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s Dec. 7 directive to all state agencies (including Institutions of Higher Education) to ban the video-sharing application TikTok from College-owned and issued devices and networks.  

Effective immediately, all CBC employees are required to take the following actions in regard to College-issued devices: 

  • Cease all use of TikTok on College-issued devices* and, if you have not already done so, remove the TikTok app from any College-issued device in your possession. 
  • Cease posting to TikTok on College-sponsored** accounts. 
  • Refrain from downloading the TikTok app to a College-issued device. 
  • Remove all links to TikTok (web, app, or otherwise) from College-sponsored** web pages. 

Additionally, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Information Resources published a statewide model security plan to guide agencies’ compliance with the Governor’s directive.  The College will work to enforce the following objectives, as outlined in the model plan: 

  1. Ban and prevent the download or use of prohibited technologies, including but not limited to TikTok, on any College-issued device.  
  2. Prohibit College employees and contractors from conducting College business on prohibited technology-enabled personal devices. 
  3. Identify sensitive locations, meetings, or personnel within the College that could be exposed to prohibited technology-enabled personal devices.  Prohibited technology-enabled devices must be prohibited from entering or being used in these sensitive areas. 
  4. Implement network-based restrictions to prevent the use of prohibited technologies on College networks by any device. 
  5. Coordinate incorporation of other technology providers into the plan, as necessary, including any apps, services, hardware, or software that pose a threat to the College’s sensitive information and critical infrastructure into this plan. 

*College issued-devices include all College-issued cell phones, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, and any other device capable of internet access. 

**A College sponsored account or website is any account or website owned and/or managed by the College or hosted on a College network.