Data security and privacy training available to all OHIO students, faculty, staff

Published: April 7, 2023 Author: Staff reports

We live and work in a digital world where protecting private information and data is everyone's responsibility. One of the most effective ways to fend off cybercriminal attacks is to increase your digital security knowledge. All OHIO students, faculty and staff can be part of the solution by completing the Data Security and Privacy training course, from the Office of Information Technology (OIT). The training course, offered through Vector Solutions, is completely free and covers important information about how to keep yourself, your data, and University systems safe while you work online.

The training takes approximately one hour to complete and is self-paced, allowing you to stop the training and pick back up where you left off later. Once you successfully complete the training, you’ll receive a certificate of completion and are encouraged to add this course to your resume. The training covers a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Recognizing potential phishing threats
  • Creating strong passwords
  • Utilizing secure wireless connections
  • Data regulation information, such as FERPA and HIPAA
  • Mindfully responding to cyber-threats

To access the training, you can self-enroll in the Vector Solutions training module titled “Data Security and Privacy”. If you have additional questions, please access the Online IT Security Training FAQ website.

It is also important to note that many units across campus process sensitive data and, as such, are required to complete Data Security and Privacy training in accordance with the information security awareness and training standard. The standard indicates that it is the responsibility of each University department to ensure that their staff members are appropriately trained in information security best practices for the type of work they conduct and the data they access.

The Data Security and Privacy training course is a great foundation for basic information security skills. For more information regarding required training for employees, contact the Information Security Office.