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Information Security

Security Awareness Training

The University of Tennessee offers training for anyone using our online resources to ensure the safety of user information, computers, and IT systems. UT Policy IT0123 establishes guidelines for maintaining the security skills of the organizational users, IT personnel, and security staff.

Securing the Human – Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants

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Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Assistants have access to “Securing the Human,” an online, computer-based security awareness and training program that provides employees with the materials they need to engage in informative and efficient security training.

Securing the Human is produced by SANS, one of the most trusted and largest sources for information security training and security certification in the world. SANS reviews the content and updates the training annually, so you are sure to receive the most up-to-date training.

Security Awareness Training is offered through K@TE, the University of Tennessee’s Learning Management System for training and professional development. Training is estimated to take up to one hour.

Securing the Human: Core Training Videos

The training consists of a number of videos that cover specific security topics, such as social engineering and phishing. The videos range anywhere from 1 to 7 minutes in length and are intended to raise awareness and influence behavior that will reduce security risks. The training allows you to complete the training at your own pace, monitor your progress, and revisit completed training.

This year current employees will be required to take five (and only five!) training modules. New Employees will receive ten training modules.

New this year: 9- and 12-month graduate students will receive training assignments.

Coming Soon: Canvas Security Awareness Training – Students, Emeritus Faculty, and Faculty Retirees

Coming soon…security awareness training for students, emeritus faculty, retirees, and sponsored accounts.  This training will be approximately 15 minutes and will test your knowledge of:

  • creating and using good passwords
  • social engineering, phishing, scams, and malware
  • best practices for working security on- and off-campus

This training is not a replacement for the Securing the Human training required for faculty, staff, and graduate assistants; they can, however, supplement their training with these courses.

Custom Training Programs

Upon request, training programs can be tailored to more specific audiences or departments. To request a modified training program please contact OIT HelpDesk online.