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Information security is everyone’s business

Do you know how to create a strong, secure password? What methods are used to steal confidential information? And is it true that simply visiting a malicious web page can infect your computer with a “virus”?

Anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall tools have improved, but methods for stealing electronic information grow ever more sophisticated. Even the most Internet-savvy professional can benefit by keeping up with current methods that thieves use to gain access to information.

Find out more in a new online course, Information Security Awareness, now available through the UC Learning Center that is designed to raise awareness about information security.

What you learn will help the university support its obligation to protect the information it collects from faculty, staff, students, patients, suppliers or anyone else in the course of conducting business. In addition to information security basics, content includes:

  • background on threats to information security like password breaches and phishing scams
  • best practices to help protect the university’s information and prevent computing system compromises
  • valuable tips on how to prevent breaches of your and your family’s personal information at home

Most cases of compromised data are the result of unintentional actions, or inactions, and can be prevented by following good information security measures. Whether you work with other people’s personal information or just your own, information security is everyone’s responsibility.

For all these reasons, UCOP’s senior leadership is requesting that all employees take the course, which takes about 30 to 45 minutes and includes quizzes to reinforce your learning. You can access the course right now through the UC Learning Center:

  • Sign in with your UCOP login and password.
  • Using the search box on the left, type in “Information Security Awareness.”
  • The course name and description will appear; be sure to select the OP_SECURITY option.
  • Click “start” to launch the course; note that you must enable cookies in order for the course to begin.

Two brown bags are also scheduled for all employees to learn more about information security and ask questions about the course, as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 12 to 1 p.m. in 505 Kaiser
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 12 to 1 p.m. in 9204 Franklin

As a thank you to those who complete the course, a number of gift card drawings will be held for $50 Amazon gift cards in the coming months.

For more details, see the following contacts and resources:


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