Security Awareness Training

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The Cybersecurity and Identity team, a division of Information Technology Services, offers free online IT Security awareness training for faculty, staff, and student workers.

Security Awareness Training


This important training will help you keep your computers, accounts, and data, secure. Knowledge of the course curriculum is essential for safe computing in today’s internet age. Training topics include phishing, mobile device security, social networks, PCI DSS, FERPA, HIPAA, passwords, protecting computers, protecting networks and data. This training is housed in Canvas. To request access, complete the training request form.

Based on validation and effectiveness, SANS has chosen the 20 Critical Controls as the framework for its user awareness program. These Critical Controls use knowledge of actual attacks that have compromised systems to identify specific technical and human security controls that are viewed as effective in blocking currently known high-priority attacks, as well as those attack types expected in the near future.

SANS also offers a monthly newsletter named OUCH!  To access the newsletter, go to the SANS newsletter site.

Getting Started

A significant issue for any organization in selecting/developing its own Security Awareness solution is the need to keep the training program fresh and up-to-date with the latest threat vector information. The level of effort needed to maintain the program and keep it updated with the latest attack vector data is significant and often underestimated.

However, this is a SANS core strength area. SANS uses changes in the 20 Critical Controls as guidelines when they update the security awareness training content – a project performed several times a year to address the latest threats


Advantages of the SANS Securing The Human program include:
•Go beyond compliance and focus on changing behaviors.
•Training mapped against the 20 Critical Controls framework.
•Create your own program by choosing from over 30 different training modules.
•Meets mandated compliance requirements.
•Fully SCORM compliant, hosted by SANS.
•All content is updated twice annually.
•Offered in over 20 different languages.

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