URI Security Awareness Training

Did you know that it’s RI state law that state agencies have a “risk-based information security program” in effect that must contain reasonable security procedures and practices? The Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015, a new Act in effect since June 2016, repeals existing identify theft protection provisions enacted in 2005. The Act states that one of the reasonable security procedures includes equipping users with the knowledge and skills that will allow some protection.

As a University, we are extremely concerned with protecting our intellectual property, and any personal or confidential information that we have been entrusted to protect. Today’s wealth of technology has introduced extraordinary convenience and efficiency to our campus. It’s important for us to remember that this same technology introduces many threats as well. ITS has had an information security awareness training program in place since 2012 to help provide the knowledge and skills to protect these interests. This training has since been updated with new curriculum to provide URI with the training needed to be compliant with overall security awareness standards.

Still taken online, our information security awareness training will contain only ten short video modules and take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. The modules portray realistic, memorable scenarios that are transferable to everyday tasks. Another change is that training will be provided annually as both technology and threats to technology change constantly.

ITS will be officially kicking off the new training at the start of Cyber Security Awareness month in October. Each user will receive an email notification from Michael Khalfayan mkhalfayan@uri.edu who is responsible for Information Security at URI. The email will include a username and temporary password necessary to access your online training modules.  Upon completion of your training, you will receive a certificate of completion.

This program is intended to set the training standards for all employees at the University of Rhode Island, including, but not limited to: University administration, faculty and staff; and student employees, all of whom are provided service or information by access to University information systems.

The success of the University’s security awareness training program depends on the ability of all users to work toward a common goal of protecting the University’s information and related technical resources.