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Online IT Security Training


Online, self-paced, information security training course.


  • Short interactive videos with accompanying quizzes.
  • Training is self-paced. You can stop the training and pick back up where you left off later.
  • Topics covered include data protection best practices, social engineering, phishing, privacy, and introductions to data regulations such as FERPA, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS.
  • Takes approximately one hour to complete.
  • Once finished, you'll receive a certificate of completion you should download and save for your records.

How to Request

Training is available for students, faculty, and staff. In order to sign up, email security@ohio.edu with the names and email addresses of the individuals who should be enrolled in training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take the training?

Everfi/Lawroom is the vendor providing the course content to the university. You will receive an email that shows the sender as: Ohio University <automated-message@everfi-foundry.net>. This is a legitimate email; it is not spam, and it is not a phishing attempt. The e-mail subject line reads: Ohio University has assigned you training. When you open the e-mail, you will see a blue horizontal bar that says Required Training followed by a due date. At the end of the email, you will see an orange box labeled Log In which is the link that will take you to the online module.

How long will the training take?

The training takes approximately an hour and thirty minutes to complete, depending on the individual learner’s pace. The program is self-paced, and if interrupted the program returns to where you left off when you resume. 

Is this IT security training mandatory?

If your supervisor requests you take the training, it is mandatory. If you work remote in any capacity, it is mandatory as well.  This is part of Ohio University's ongoing efforts to address the increasing threats to the security of our information systems and data. Every member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us. The only way this training is not mandatory is if you request it yourself.

Why do I need this training?

This training program will better prepare you to fulfill the responsibility of safeguarding University information assets and will strengthen our defenses against future attacks. Adopting information security best practices will not only benefit the University, but your personal life as well.

What does this training cover?

This training consists of a series of short videos with interactive sections to test your knowledge of basic IT security topics like data protection best practices, social engineering/phishing, regulatory requirements (FERPA/HIPAA/PCI), and privacy.

Is the training ADA accessible?

The module was designed to be compatible with recent versions of screen reading, screen enlargement and voice input software. At the bottom left just above the EVERFI logo, click “Accessibility mode” to turn on the accessibility features. If you have any difficulty accessing the training, contact the Office for University Accessibility at 740-593-2620.

How do I access my certificate of completion?
  • Select START/RESUME Training at the top of this page
  • Sign in using OHIO Credentials
  • There will be two tabs on the top of the page labeled Open and Completed
  • Select Completed
  • Select Download Certificate
My training is very slow. How do I fix it?

1. Close all other browser tabs when completing this course.
2. Completely log out of the course, clear browser cache, log back into the course.
3. Complete the Data Security course in its own browser session

Still having trouble? Check out our additional troubleshooting page.