Notre Dame Security Awareness Training Now Available

Author: Cassie McCan

In today’s digital age, personal and professional activities for most people revolve around the Internet. These activities take place on a variety of mobile devices that can be used virtually anywhere. As cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in carrying out online scams, there are more opportunities for them to gain access to the data on these devices.

At Notre Dame, campus community members play an important role in keeping the University’s data and systems safe against cyber attacks. One of the best ways to help prepare employees for this role is through an effective security awareness training program to empower them to take appropriate actions when encountering security threats.

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) Information Security team introduced a security awareness training program for full- and part-time faculty and staff. This type of program will help strengthen the skill set of Notre Dame employees as the first-line defense against cyber attacks.

The OIT sent an email inviting you to participate in this training, and encourages you to complete it by the end of July. This computer-based training program will provide the basic tools necessary to stay safe online and best practices to avoid many common security threats. The program includes these topics:

  • Phishing overview
  • Password security
  • Mobile device security
  • Remote work safety tips

While the OIT Information Security team has a strong foundation in place to keep the Notre Dame systems safe, statistics show that most cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. Employees who  complete security awareness training will be better prepared to spot and react to security threats.

The security awareness training program will be offered on an annual basis. Additional information about the training and instructions are available in this knowledge article.