November 3, 2015

What is happening?

As part of system-wide efforts to address the increasing threats to the security of our information systems and data, on display in a variety of data breaches which have happened across the system in recent months, a comprehensive security awareness training program is being rolled out for all UC staff and faculty. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us. At UC Berkeley, phishing attacks and stolen CalNet credentials remain the top threats to our individual and institutional online security. We need greater awareness and vigilance by each member of the campus community to reduce these and other key exposures to the security and privacy of our data and systems.

What do I need to do?

Starting Monday, November 2nd, all employees on payroll with active status will be required to complete the Cyber Security Awareness Training. The training must be completed by January 31st, 2016 and within 6 weeks for any subsequent new hires. This will be required annually

Where is training available?

This training is video based, and delivered online through our UC Learning Center’s website. You will receive an email notification soon with instructions on how to access the training. Each module will focus on a specific security topic, conclude with three questions to test comprehension, and overall the training should take approximately 50 minutes to complete in total.

Why do I need to do this?

This training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this responsibility and to strengthen our defenses against future attacks. Studies have shown that a substantial number of cyber attacks involve the unintended actions of users of information systems, and this risk can be significantly lowered through an effective security awareness training program. 

Protecting our data and information systems is a shared responsibility of us all. I am confident that together we will develop a strong culture of defense against cyber-risk. 

Questions?

For more detail on information security resources please visit UC Berkeley’s Information Security and Policy website. A Frequently Asked Questions webpage can also be accessed through the HR website.