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Training & Awareness

The cyber security training and awareness programs engage campus users to focus attention on security and help build relevant cyber security skills. IT Security aims to educate the University community about security best practices and to help end users understand security risks, policies and compliance, mitigation strategies, and data protection. 

IT Security News Blog

For security news and tips throughout the year, check out the topics provided on our Security Blog.

Online Training

Online Security training is available free for faculty and staff, visit

Online Training

Login with your 4x4 (OUNetID) to complete these five helpful 15-minute modules.

  • The Data Security Problem - The introductory course in a program that addresses the human element in data security.
  • What We Need to Protect - This course focuses on the types of information we need to protect, and why we need to protect it.
  • Information Thieves and Their Tactics - This course teaches employees to recognize potential attacks and risky behaviors, and to apply what they've learned.
  • How We Can Protect Data - This course instills in employees a sense of responsibility and shows them how to respond mindfully to cyber-attacks.
  • Conclusion - The final course teaches employees how to respond to breaches when they do happen, and instills the importance of reporting suspicious activity.

Student Training

A free Cybersecurity Awareness course for students is available on Canvas. The course is titled Secure Sooner, and was developed by students working in Information Technology. Students are not automatically enrolled in this course, but students can enroll using the link above and clicking the "Join this Course" button or by following these instructions (pdf).

In-person Training

IT Security has created the IT Security Top 5 ways to Stay Cyber Secure, and would like to share this information with the campus through department and faculty meetings, classes, or at events held across campus. Email to set up a time for us to visit.

Phishing Assessments

Another training tool available is phishing assessments. IT Security can work with your department to conduct internal phishing assessments to determine risk and training needs, email for more information.