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Required cybersecurity training for MSU Denver employees

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

By Diane Watkins

October 21, 2021

Over head shot of person sitting at a computer, words Metropolitan State University of Denver takes cybersecurity seriously and wants to ensure that all employees know how to keep the University safe. To achieve this goal, the University provides a training course – Check Point: Data Security & Privacy – that covers the most important aspects of cybersecurity. All employees are required to complete the course as part of their onboarding process and as a refresher each year thereafter. This training will need to be taken again by all employees sometime next month as their yearly requirement.

The course provides important information about data security and focuses on employee behaviors, including human biases and tendencies that make employees and data vulnerable. The course is intended to help every employee learn more about these issues, as every employee plays an important role in supporting students by keeping the University safe.

Course topics include:

  • Phishing scams and how to spot them
  • The 10 riskiest employee behaviors
  • What makes us vulnerable
  • The scope of the data-breach problem
  • What we need to protect
  • Common tactics of scammers
  • Protecting data
  • Safeguarding your devices
  • Working safely in the world
  • Creating strong passwords
  • Encrypting your devices
  • Safeguarding workstations and records
  • Properly disposing of documents and data
  • Handling requests for private information
  • Reporting data breaches

This is part of a series of articles for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. If you ever want more information, you are strongly encouraged to check or for resources and information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month and cybersecurity in general.

Thank you for helping keep MSU Denver safe and cybersecure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Information Technology Services Service Desk at 303-352-7548 or

Next time: Cybersecurity first

Topics: Best practices, Cybersecurity, Technically Speaking, Technology

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