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Required Annual Training

Did you know that around 90% of all data breaches involve some sort of human error?

Hackers know that it requires a lot of technical skill to get past a firewall into a server when it's so much easier to just trick someone into giving up a password or clicking on a malicious link in an email.  You may be surprised to learn that employees are considered the weakest link in any company's security defense.

Therefore, all UofM regular employees are required to complete Security Awareness Training upon hire and once per year thereafter. This training gives employees the tools and skills necessary to recognize common attack methods which will better protect our systems and data. Best of all, these principles can (and should!) be applied to your personal digital life to help keep your personal data safe. 

                   Training is found at https://access.sans.org/go/memphis using your UUID and UofM password to gain access.

The Security Awareness Training takes about 30 minutes and consists of 9 video modules, each followed by a few questions to answer. Current employees will get a reminder in Fall of 2020 when it's time to begin it. New hires will have about a month to complete the training and will get an email reminder a few weeks after orientation when it's time to begin.


Face-to-Face Training Sessions

If live instruction is preferred, IT Security also offers face-to-face security awareness sessions on a variety of topics to any UofM group by request. We can also do a virtual session by Zoom. Some popular sessions are General Security Awareness Tips and Best Practices for Working Remotely. At the session we will review the relevant policies and answer any questions you may have. Contact securitytraining@memphis.edu to request a session and let us know what topics you're most interested in.

 Our mission is to help you work more securely!


Specialized Security Awareness Training Now Available

Specialized Security Awareness training is now available on a variety of topics. These short courses run about 10 minutes long and consist of one or more video modules followed by a few questions.  To enroll, email theresa.brignole@memphis.edu.

Available topics:

  • Working From Home
  • Data Security For Management & Executives
  • PCI Data Security
  • FERPA Data Security
  • GLBA Data Security
  • Red Flags Rule
  • Data Security For Targeted Groups (such as HR, Finance, Accounts Payable, Procurement)